Fashion plate, from Le Petit Courrier des Dames

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Fashion plate, from Le Petit Courrier des Dames

This hand-coloured fashion plate is from Le Petit Courrier des Dames, a weekly fashion magazine published in Paris. Dated 20 January, 1836, the plate is one of a series entitled, 'Modes de Paris' and illustrates two examples of 'Travestissements'- fancy dress costumes.

The lady on the left is wearing a costume with an historical theme. Her outfit is from the Middle Ages. She is carrying a mask in her right hand.

The 19th century fashion magazine contained many suggestions for fancy dress. The fancy dress ball was one of the occasions when women could be outwardly frivolous. Originating about the time of Waterloo, they were extremely popular.

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Online ID: 000-100-087-170-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.RHI 24.10
Date: 1823 - 1861
Material: Inscription: Modes de Paris
Paper. Inscription: Costume moyen-age ; Toilette de Spectacle
Dimensions: 8.90" x 5.60" mounted
What: Document / plate, fashion
Plate, fashion
Subject: Fashion plates (NMAS Classification)
Fashion plates
Who: Petit Courrier des Dames
Where: France, Paris
France, Paris
Description: One of forty-nine fashion plates entitled Modes de Paris, from the Petit Courrier des Dames, 1823 - 1861
Fashion plate showing women wearing fancy dress 'costume moyen-age' and another wearing a 'toilette de spectacle', from Petit Courrier des Dames, Paris, number 1224, 20 January, 1836
  • Holland, Vyvyan. Hand Coloured Fashion Plates 1770 to 1899. London: B.T. Batsford, 1955, p 166. 
  • Norris, H & Curtis, O. Costume & Fashion, Volume Six, The Nineteenth Century. London & Toronto: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1933, p 52. 
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