Fashion plate, from Sylvia's Home Journal

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Fashion plate, from Sylvia's Home Journal

This hand-coloured fashion plate is from Sylvia's Home Journal, a magazine published in London. The plate illustrates day wear for two women and a young girl and dates from around 1881. It is signed, 'A.Bodin' and 'E. Préval'.

The line of these 'tie-back' dresses is broken by puffs, shirrings and pleats. The 'egg-timer' look is achieved by corsetry, boning and lacing up the back.

It was customary for good quality French plates to be imported by other European publishers and given descriptions in the appropriate languages. Bodin was a French engraver in the period 1843-70 and Préval was one of the most prolific fashion plate artists of the 1860s.

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Online ID: 000-100-087-406-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.RHI 60.1
Date: 1881?
Around 1881
Probably 1881
Material: Paper. Inscription: The Newest French Fashions Expressly Modelled For Sylvia's Home Journal ; A. Bodin (?) ; E. Preval ; Ad. Goubaud Et Fils Edrs Paris
Dimensions: 11.70 " x 8.70"
What: Document / plate, fashion
Plate, fashion
Subject: Fashion plates (NMAS Classification)
Fashion plates
Who: A. Bodin
E. Preval
Goubaud et Fils
Sylvia's Home Journal
Where: England, London
Description: One of three fashion plates from Sylvia's Home Journal, showing women's and children's wear, 1888, 1889 and one plate possibly 1881
Fashion plate showing day wear for two women and a young girl, signed 'E. Preval' and possibly 'A. Bodin', from Sylvia's Home Journal, London, possibly 1881
  • Holland, Vyvyan. Hand Coloured Fashion Plates 1770 to 1899. London: B.T. Batsford, 1955, pp 158-9. 
  • Langley Moore, Doris. Fashion through Fashion Plates 1771-1970. London: Ward Lock Ltd, 1971, p 116. 
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