Tag Archives: 19th Century Fashion

Downtown, Uptown: From the Dry Goods Store to the Palace of Consumption- Part II

This is part two of a paper I presented last May at our annual symposium. You can read the first part here. By the late 1850s the Grand Street area was established as the new shopping district, but society had … Continue reading

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Downtown, Uptown: From the Dry Goods Store to the Palace of Consumption- Part I

This is a two parts post,  presented first in May 2013 at the our annual symposium. In 1835, the wealthy merchant Seabury Tredwell bought the house on 29 East Fourth Street in New York City. “The elegance and beauty of this … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: A Suit from La Belle Jardinière

Manufactured during the period now known as La Belle Époque (1871 – 1914), this suit from La Belle Jardinière is an example of the more affordable, ready-to-wear suiting options available to Parisian men. Established in 1824, La Belle Jardinière was … Continue reading

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Fashionista Friday – the Turkey

While the roasted turkey may be the star of the American Thanksgiving table next Thursday, turkey feathers have had a steady supporting role in the fashion world for centuries.  Last spring, Karl Lagerfeld introduced his Autumn/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear collection for … Continue reading

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Fashionista Friday – Women Suffragists of the United States

Although this image is from the English women’s suffrage movement, the message still pertains to its American counterpart: as unbecoming as an old fashion is, so are asinine outdated social rules.  Just as fashion progresses, so does society, and in … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: The War Hero and His Wellingtons

Rain boots, galoshes, wellingtons… an invention of Arthur Wellesley! According to the Victoria and Albert Museum, “Wellingtons first appeared at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, when the army became more socially visible and military costume influenced fashionable dress. Another … Continue reading

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Fashionista Friday: Alice Vanderbilt in Fancy Dress

Halloween is fast approaching—do you know how you’ll be dressing up?  Perhaps you’ll take a cue from Alice Vanderbilt and go as Electric Light. Or follow the lead of this young lady, who “daringly assumed the character of a ‘lady … Continue reading

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