Utter plainness is as much eschewed in gowns as over-trimming.
Decorations are liberally applied, it is true, but not to the extent of exaggeration, and though more than
one kind of trimming is permissible upon a gown, the artistic is ever kept in view in its disposition.
The Delineator, July 1896
Day Dress of the 1890s is a compilation of illustrations from many period ladies' magazines and
catalogues, such as Harper’s Bazar, and The Delineator. The
illustrations were chosen in order to give an overview of what ladies, gentlemen, and children would have
worn during this time. The period covered is the Mid-1890s, when the ladies’ sleeve reached its most
exaggerated proportions. Pictured in this volume are ladies’ dresses and hats, children’s clothing, and
gentlemen's outfits. Collars, trimmings and other accessories, for both ladies and gentlemen, have also
been included to assist in the creation of period outfits for the entire family.
The late 19th Century styles that have been adopted by the Vintage Dance Community are
those from 1893-1896, when the sleeve reached its largest proportions, and what is now considered the
beginning of the Gibson Girl Era, as illustrated by Charles Dana Gibson. This period ushered in the
hourglass figure; the silhouette was one with large puffed sleeves, narrow waist, and flaring skirt, with
bustle drapery all but disappearing. Many of the styles worn at this time were also reminiscent of those
from earlier periods, especially with the revival from the 1830s of leg-o-mutton sleeves and flared skirts.
Tennis and bicycling were very popular during the 1890s; special outfits were designed
to allow ladies to bicycle without the danger of having their skirts tangle in the gears and wheels. This
volume includes tennis gowns and a bicycle costume, with divided skirt from Harper’s Bazar along
with its reduced-scale pattern diagram.
second expanded edition published 2000
8 ½" by 11" high quality photocopy
stapled binding, 107 pages
first edition 1999
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