Create an authentic fashion parade of Victorian styles with four dolls and 28 gorgeous costumes, including walking suits, carriage dresses, evening and seasonal attire, a bridal gown, and accessories. All costumes are historically accurate adaptations of designs that appeared in Harper's Bazar, one of the 19th century's top fashion magazines.
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Harper's Bazaar was established in 1867 and was America's first fashion magazine. It's a bit odd to consider that iin those days America was very much a follower in almost every respect, and far from being the fashion leader it is today. Fashion plates are a relatively recent innovation before which fashion was illustruted by the trade of 'fashion dolls', dressed in miniature versions of the latests styles which could be copied right down to the hairstyles and tranlated into Brobdingnagian outfits for people to wear.Apparently these were surplanted by the fashion plate which enabled clever dressmakers to create accurate copes of the latest French modes. This paperback contains four 'dolls' with a range of fashionable outfits plus hats, bags etc based on 31 years of drawings between 1867 and 1898. My mother liked paper dolls and so they were really the only sort of knew - ideal for a child fixed by costume and historical clothes but not really into playing Barbie type doll games. I would propably have loved this book when I was a little girl, but now, instead of cutting out the dolls, it remains pristine and untouched, a collectors item on my shelves.