About the Costume History Collection

Press Release

Costume History Collection
Western Michigan University Libraries Digital Collections

The collection is currently comprised of four books housed in the Special Collections and Rare Books Room of Waldo Library. Each of these books illustrates aspects of dress from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century. Topics covered are descriptions of widely used fabrics, lists of clothing appropriate for a trousseau, hand-colored fashion plates from a Parisian women's magazine, color drawings of clothing of peoples of Persia, and a pattern diagram. Digital images and descriptive text from these books are available through the LUNA Insight management and presentation system.

Physical Description of the Books

Parisian Fashion, 1827 - 1832 in Color Plates

This scrapbook compiles 51 hand-colored lithographs of Parisian fashion from Le Conseiller des Grâces, a women's journal. The lithographic plates of Le Conseiller are known to be copied from copper engravings that originally appears in the Journal de Dames et des Modes and Petit Courrier des Dames [1], two popular French women's journals from the first half of the nineteenth-century.

In the case of Parisian Fashion, 1827 - 1832 in Color Plates, the cover, end papers, and book mark are as charming as the fashion plates. The paper journal is covered in half-calf and marbled paper with marbled end papers.

[1] Personal correspondence with Annemarie Kleinert, April 14, 2009.