Victorian ball gowns 1865. La Mode Illustrée.

French second empire fashion. Victorian crinoline costumes. La Mode Illustrée. 19th century dress.

Toilettes de Concert 1865

Victorian ball gowns 1865. La Mode Illustrée.

Toilettes de Concert de Mme Breant-Castel 58 Rue Ste Anne.
Coiffures diadème par Mr Croizat, 76 rue de Richelieu
Mode Illustrée 1865. No. 6

La Mode Illustrée. Journal de la Familie 1865. Bureaux du Journal. 56 Rue Jacob Paris.

Note:  France. Fashion during the Second Republic. 1848 to 1864.

Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras (Abradale Books) by Beatrice Fontanel.

Thoughout the ages, women's breasts have been subjected to the endless whims of fashion.

From the ancient Greeks to Mae West and Madonna, this light-hearted book charts the changing shapes of female beauty. The elegant and amusing images - including fashion drawings, paintings, photographs, and film stills - illustrate the often surprising history of the garments women have worn for support - and seduction.

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The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World Paperback – December 7, 2021
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