Victorian Communion Dresses. La Mode Illustrée.

The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking: How to Hand Sew Georgian Gowns and Wear Them With Style by Lauren Stowell (Author), Abby Cox (Author).

Lauren Stowell and Abby Cox of American Duchess have endeavored to make the impossible possible by bringing historically accurate dressmaking techniques into your sewing room. Learn how to make four of the most iconic 18th century silhouettes―the English Gown, Sacque Gown, Italian Gown and Round Gown―using the same hand sewing techniques done by historic dressmakers.

Victorian Communion Dresses. La Mode Illustrée. Victorian crinoline costumes. Second Empire Fashion.

Robe de Communiante 1865

Victorian Communion Dresses. La Mode Illustrée 1865.

Robe de Communiante de Mme Breant-Castel 58 Rue Ste Anne.
Mode Illustrée 1865. Pl. 13. (France Second Empire Fashion.)

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

Note:  Gay Nineties. Couple in late victorian fashion of the 1890s.

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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