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.


Lana said...

Those plates are lovely ~ and so are the hairstyles. Thanks for the peek back in time!

Doreen said...

Sometimes...it's the side roads or tracks.... that lead to the most joy.

I love these Susan, they are just beautiful. I particularly enjoy the bonnet in the top photo. Very lovely.

Thank you for sharing these with us...and thank you for stopping by today and saying hello.


Lori said...

Susan, you have the prettiest collections...i love those fashion plates, they are beautiful...

Donna O'Brien said...

So pretty. Since you and I wear our hair 'up' most of the time, we would have fit right in. Lady Godiva I'm not!

rochambeau said...

These are great Miss Maddie!
I really like the first print very much! Don you love all of the adornment? I still live in that world in my imagination!

Have a nice day!

Pinkie Denise said...

Hello Susan,
These are so wonderful! I have never seen ones so unusual or quite so old..Thank you for sharing these lovelies with us Pinkie Denise

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Oh what beautiful plates! For some reason, those have popped up on my radar of late and I have the urge to start another collection fetish!!! I think they would look lovely framed as pretty accents for my studio. Yours are soooo pretty! Thank you for sharing this inspiration. xoxo ~ Joy

Naturegirl said...

Ms. Maddie how wonderful to live in an era with hair styles that are decorated with flowers,oh yes that would suit me just fine!
(((Your pen is your paintbrush!)))
Love your writing!
It has been a lovely visit!
You look at blossoming trees as I do!
A pleasure to meet you! aNNa

Lea said...

We've been watching Masterpiece's Cranford and Daniel Deronda and I've been swept away with hats and hair and the elegance of those times... right now, it's a headband to hold back my short hair... at least it has a shiny crystal or two!!!

Sherry/Cherie said...

These are beautiful plates Susan. True beauty really does lie within, but I have always been attracted to things for the head/hair -- ribbons, barrettes, hair bands, flowers, hats, scarves...I think it's one of the prettiest ways we can add something as an adornment.

Dody Jane said...

How lucky you are to have such lovely plates!

Stacey said...

You always share the most wonderful gifts! I'd love to be a little mouse in the corner when ladies were doing their hair!

Christine LeFever said...

It would be such fun to begin wearing wreaths of flowers upon one's coiffure! For now I'll stick with a tiny side braid, just thin enough to befuddle onlookers, but soon, the flowers...

Your picture collection is so very inspiring!


bluemuf said...

Such beautiful plates. All three of them are lovely.


Suzanne said...

These are so beautiful Susan, thanks for sharing a piece of history.