Mirror of Fashion

November 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm (books, entertainment, fashion, history, people, research) (, , , )


In transcribing diaries of Emma’s great aunt (Mrs Smith of Bersted Lodge), I have been dying to track down some of her fashion images. While I’m not quite convinced I’ve stumbled upon the source (I’ve yet to find her exact image), I’ve found some quite evocative images from the magazine The Ladies’ Museum, specifically in their column (with, typically, two fashion plates) “THE MIRROR OF FASHION“.

mirror of fashion

First up is a rather late entry, from 1831. Some of these gowns I can see Mary and Emma wearing; though, Mary would perhaps never recapture the fashionable figure she cut before Charles’ death (January 1831). And Emma, though interested in fashion to some degree, as the young bride of a clergyman she doesn’t seem to have overspent on herself.

“The Mirror of Fashion” will gain its own page, so be on the lookout for more in the near future.

For now: here is mirror of fashion_1831.

UPDATE: here’s its permanent page.

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