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Guide to the Nineteenth-Century Fashion Plates Collection, 1807-1876
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The fashion plates measure 2 inches and date from 1807 to 1876. The collection is arranged in three series: Empire Period, Romantic Period and Edwardian Era. The fashion plates are individually hand-tinted. Many of the fashion plates originated from the Modes de Paris, a fashion magazine.
Engraved, hand-colored fashion plates were introduced in the beginning of the 1800s to promote the clothing style of the times. Each era was dominated by a particular style, commonly featured in women's magazines such as English Woman's Domestic Magazineand The Queen.
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