Historical Fashion Plates
Intended for wealthy clients, “fashion plates” first appeared in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries but grew in popularity during the Victorian era.
The following titles are a sample of the Library's large collection of historical fashion plates published in European and American magazines.
Scholarly literature on costume history and fashion theory began in earnest in the mid-to-late 1960s. The first important fashion theory publications treated clothing as a key symptom of social change.