Textil Art from India. Design for a shawl.

India, Textile, Art, Design, shawl, traditional, Moghul,
Design for a shawl, about 1800.

Fac-simile of a portion of a native Indian drawing. Design for a shawl.

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A Lady and a Gallant. France Directoire 1795.

A Lady and a Gallant. France 1795. Merveilleuse and Incroyable. French fashion of the Directoire.
Merveilleuse and Incroyable. France 1795.

Merveilleuse and Incroyable. French fashion of the Directoire.

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Inhabitants of the Gutach Valley in the Black Forest

Residents of the village Gutach in the Black Forest, Wolfach office around 1900.
Inhabitants of the Gutach valley in the Black Forest in traditional costume around 1900

Residents of the village Gutach in the Black Forest, Wolfach office around 1900.

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Dutch costume. Girl of Marken, Holland, 1910.

Dutch costume. Girl of Marken, Holland, 1910.
Girl from Marken Holland.

Dutch costume from Marken.

THE dress of these women is one of the most interesting of Dutch costumes. A quaint characteristic is the plait of hair on either side of the face, worn alike by young and old.

Source: The people of Holland by Nico Jungman. London, Adam and Charles Black 1910.

THE story of Catalina de Erauso.

Catalina de Erauso alias Francisco Loyola was a Basque noblewoman who lived as a man for several decades ("The nun lieutenant").
Catalina de Erauso (Engraved from her portrait by Pacheco, 1630.)

Catalina de Erauso alias Francisco Loyola (* 1592 in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain; † 1650 in Cuitlaxtla, New Spain, today Mexico) was a Basque noblewoman who lived as a man for several decades (“The nun lieutenant”).

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Princess Lamballe. Tragedy of the French Revolution.

Princess, Lamballe, French Revolution,
Marie Therese Louise Lamballe, of Savoy, Princess of Carignan (1749 – 1792).

Historic tragedies have their lessons of instruction to after-generations; they tell their sad tales of sorrow and anguish, which make ears tingle and hearts weep in sympathy. They form graphic chapters in the history of our common humanity, however much we may reluctate to own the relationship. The mind almost refuses to believe that the dreadful scenes and tragedies of the French Revolution, so forcibly styled “the Reign of Terror,” occurred in Imperial Paris, the gorgeous capital of France, and the most fashionable emporium of the present modern world, and within the recollection of many persons now living, even among our friends and neighbors.

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Matron, maid, citizen. Bourgeois women 17th c.

Baroque, fashion, Germany, 17th century, Matron, maid, citizen,
German bourgeois women in 1644th. Matron, maid, citizen.

German baroque fashion in 1644th. Matron, maid, citizen.

The history of costumes. Hundredth sheet. 17th century. By G. Häberlin. Germany. Munich picture sheet no. 1161.

Source: Munich picture sheet 1848 to 1898. The history of costumes. Published by Braun & Schneider. Royal court and university book printing house of Dr. C. Wolf & Sohn in Munich.

Read more: On the history of costumes by Munich picture sheets

Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Women pirates, 18th century.

Anne Bonny, famous, female, pirates,

Anne Bonny (c. 1697 – c. 1782).

A BRACE OF WOMEN PIRATES. WOMEN WHO POSED AS MEN.

THE life of a pirate on the high seas was hardly likely to attract even the most adventurous woman, yet according to records left by Captain Charles Johnson there were at least two who followed that calling, dressed in sailors’ clothes, and who lived and fought in desperate frays in the early eighteenth century.

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The latest Paris fashion 1898.

Victorian, Costume, Court Chronicle, Paris fashions, Toilette de Réception

Toilette de Réception. February 1898.

The latest Paris fashion, Belle Epoque.

Toilette de Réception. February 1898.

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Glimpses of Gotham and city characters.

Pauline Markham, Samuel Anderson Mackeever, Gotham, Author, New York, costume, theater

Miss Pauline Markham.

Glimpses of Gotham and city characters.

Chapter:

Men and women who deal in fancy costumes.

The business of letting out costumes—and that reminds me that the last one I tried to wear needed considerable letting out—has its peculiar seasons, just as other vocations have. We are now in the ball period of our metropolitan existence, and as the dealer in fantastic habits skips about among his tinseled stock he feels like crying, “On with the dance!” It is just at present that he makes money, or tries to, at least, passing the rest of the year as best he can, buoyed up by the same hope which animates a watering-place hotel keeper.

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Mrs. Condé Nast, Clarisse Coudert, fashion designer, 1917.

Conde Nast, Clarisse Coudert, famous, Fortuny tea gowns,

Mrs. Condé Nast wearing one of the famous Fortuny tea gowns.

Mrs. Condé Nast wearing one of the famous Fortuny tea gowns.
This one has no tunic but is finely pleated, in the Fortuny manner, and falls in long lines, closely following the figure, to the floor.
Observe the decorative value of the long string of beads.

Clarisse Coudert, Condé Nast in 1917.

Clarisse Coudert, a fashion designer, was the wife of the owner of the fashion magazine Vogue, Vanity Fair, Condé Montrose Nast. The couple separated in 1919 and divorced in Paris in 1925.
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