In the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it was the fashion plate that showed women what fashionable society was wearing at different times of the day and for specific occasions, and how to emulate it. A hundred years of hand-coloured engraved plates can now be explored here, due to generous funding from The Ashley Family Foundation and the Idlewild Trust. Primarily showing women’s dress, they were published in English and French magazines between 1770 and 1869, and now form part of the Gallery’s reference collection to assist portrait and dress research.
Read our latest news and have your say.
Identify our Silhouettes
Join enthusiastic contributors who have already identified 155 sitters.
Tell us more about our Silvy sitters
Help us identify the sitters who visited Camille Silvy’s photographic studio during the 1860s.