Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Oh So Pretty
As usual with my research I always seem somehow sidetracked. Fashion plates have inevitably intrigued me.
These particular ones are of chapeaus, head coverings and coiffures for both interior and outdoor wear. Each one more feminine than the first, spread over three decades in the 19th century.
Bonnets and hats accentuated with broderie, velvet ribbons, soutache trim and lush feathers created a vision of loveliness.
The bottom one dates Saturday May 28,1870. 138 years ago this was the fashion in hair. Delicate in detail, often decorated with flowers, ribbons and braids they were samples for enhancing and demonstrating one's beauty.
The secret is that true beauty lies within.
Plates and engravings from my personal collection.
Posted by Susan McShannon-Monteith at Tuesday, May 27, 2008