Being fashionable in the late Victorian era meant wearing things like dresses with puffed sleeves and high collars, and making sure to have a proper hat and an elegant pair of gloves. And how did women stay current on the latest styles? Most of the time, they found out about the latest “up-to-date” and “charming” clothing trends from the newspaper.
Between the covers of this book, you will find 47 coloring pages showing full-length fashion plates of tea gowns and walking dresses, evening costumes and dainty frocks that were popular in the United States during the late Victorian era — specifically, 1895 to 1899.
The definitive word on what to wear and how to wear it was delivered on the women’s page of the Sunday paper, where every aspect of the attire — color, cut, fabric and trim — was thoroughly described and illustrated.
Although the outfits within are all from a five-year span, the definition of “stylish” was constantly changing. Grand announcements about the current trends were regularly published in the papers under columns with titles like “Vanity’s Whims,” “Women and Their Ways” and “Fashion and Fancy.”
Now, take a look back to the Gilded Age, and give these clothes the color and verve they have been missing for more than a hundred years!
Note: In keeping with the original designs, the pictures are often very intricate, and there are large areas of shading on certain pages. We chose not to over-simplify the artwork because of the tremendous amount of detail (and personality) that would be lost in the process. Please see below for thumbnails of the images.
Paperback length: 106 pages
Publisher: Synchronista LLC
Publication Date: December 23, 2015
Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches