Fashion plate, from Le Petit Courrier des Dames

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Postcard of 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 a scrap album containing a selection of 19th century fashion plates. The plate is from Le Petit Courrier des Dames, a weekly fashion magazine published in Paris. Dated 31 May, 1835, it illustrates day wear for men.

Designed by Bouchez and engraved by Damours, the plate's title is, 'Toilettes de printemps' - outfits for spring. Both men are wearing frock coats, trousers and waistcoats.

Many of the plates issued by Le Petit Courrier des Dames were for male fashion. In the 19th century, young men who followed fashion and indulged themselves in more outrageous clothes were known as 'dandies' or 'swells'.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-865-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.RHI 154.19
Date: 1835
Material: Paper. Inscription: Toilettes de printemps
Dimensions: 14.80" x 10.00"
What: Document / plate, fashion
Subject: Fashion plates
Who: Bouchez (Designer)
Damours (Engraver)
Petit Courrier des Dames
Description: Fashion plate showing 'toilettes de printemps', two men in day wear, designed by Bouchez, engraved by Damours, from Petit Courrier des Dames, 31 May 1835
  • Tarrant, Naomi. The Development of Costume. London & New York. NMS & Routledge, 1994, p 100. 
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