I’ve been going through my graphics looking to see what I have. I have so much I forget all that I’ve collected. This is from a book available to read at the Open Library. It was published in 1836 to let fashionable American ladies see what their counterparts in Europe were supposedly wearing. Much like fashion magazines today, not all of the clothing and styles are really practical and many were not likely to be worn by the middle class. (How some things never change….)

The book’s title is The World of Fashion and Continental Feuilletons – a feuilliton, according to Dictionary.com, is the part of a European newspaper devoted to things besides news – what we would call the “lifestyle section” nowadays.

Note the pseudo-Arabic, Arabian nights outfit on the far right…

1836 Evening Gowns

Evening gowns illustrated _in _The World of Fashion and Continental Feuilletons_, 1836. From the Open Library - openlibrary.org

Click on the image to see it and download it full-sized.

Peace,

Bekka

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