Today specialised magazines and websites show us the latest fashions in clothing. This is just the modern expression of a long established phenomenon. Over the years, fashion in dress has changed and there have been specialised publications since at least the 1600s to illustrate the latest novelties.
The prints offered here are pages from these publications.
Fashion plates are collected for their beauty but also for the insights they give into the changes over time in clothes, accessories, hairdos, interiors and mores. Some people collect particular artists, others focus on musical instruments, children’s fashions or any other special angle. Plates illustrating men’s fashions are scarcer and attract particular interest.