Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style is a new publication from Yale University Press which reproduces 200 different fashion plates spanning from 1778 to the early 1900s. Some of these fashion plates have not been printed since they were first published and enjoyed by fashion-minded contemporaries eager to catch a glimpse of the latest fashions. The book features plates of both men and women's fashion, and includes an informative text by April Calahan in addition to a foreword by Anna Sui.
Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style is currently in print and available from major book retailers. I am waiting for a local library to get the book in, but from published reviews it seems like a delightful book. I would like to share three of the plates featured in this book, with permission from the publisher.
[image: From Galerie des modes et costumes français, originally published 1778, Claude-Louis Desrais]
[image: From Townsend's Monthly Selection of Parisian Costumes, c. 1825]
[image: From La moda elegante ilustrada, 1894, H. Charle]