Antique Fashion & Costume Plates
- Moniteur de la Mode
Part 6 - Fashion Plates - 1840+ Fashion History
The Moniteur de la Mode was first published in 1843 and fashion plates
entered a new age where they were made more scenic and became
conversation pieces. It is an important Paris magazine in that most
artwork was done by the artist Jules David. It was David who developed
the fashion plate into a composition with interesting backgrounds.
He placed the models in settings such as garden or against rose trailed pergolas.
He also used carefully studied interiors from bedroom to dining room to
drawing room. We are able to observe ladies taking afternoon tea or
strolling at the racecourse and at the same time get a good idea of the
surrounding style of the day.
For the British fan of fashion plates, the artist Jules David is
particularly important as The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine (a Beeton
publication) imported French engravings to use instead of struggling to
create inferior artwork. Many British households have access to copies of
The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine and they can often be found in
Jules David always signed his fashion plate designs and all were used
initially for Moniteur de la Mode. Later the original engravings
were sold on and found their way into both German, French, Spanish and
American publications. This meant that in what were then distant places like
America, fashions could be up to a year out of style as designs were kept
in seasonal line.
The American version of this magazine was the Monitor of Fashion which ran 1853-54 in New
Below are two very different fashion plates from the publication.
Moniteur de la Mode
The total of plates David produced for the
Moniteur de la Mode was 2600 and he died in 1892, after half a century
of work for the magazine. The one below shows the signature of
Le Moniteur de la Mode
G. Gonin succeeded in 1892 as the main artist and the magazine continued
until the early C20th.
Les Modes Parisiennes was another important magazine born in Paris in
March 1843, but initially as a larger format magazine. The size was
reduced to quarto in January 1944 because the originally oversized
magazines were being damaged in the post. So the magazine was redefined
and copies of plates after 1844 were quarto.
The prime artist was François-Claudins Compte-Calix. Compte-Calix
was a watercolour artist of repute. He also executed the illustrations
for several costume history books of his day.
Le Petit Messager
des Modes began also in 1843. Competition was high that
Le Petit Messager des Modes 1864
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