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Glossary of dress terms
This is not a definitive glossary of 18th and 19th century dress terms, but definitions of items and styles illustrated in the fashion plates within the Gallery’s collection.
Terms used in the fashion pages were not always consistent or precise. Different names might be given to the same garment or style, or the same name used for different ones, as the meaning of terms and names of garments changed from period to period. The same item might be given a French name in one magazine, an English one in another, and just a description in a third.
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Below are the 18th and 19th century periodicals in which the plates were published, listed in order of occurrence. Changes in title and ownership, and mergers, frequently took place, as well as in the artists, and the quality of the fashion plates varied as a result.
The Lady's Magazine The Lady's Monthly Museum or Polite Repository of Amusement and Instruction La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine The Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions, Manufactures, &c The World of Fashion and Continental Feuilletons The Ladies' Pocket Magazine R. Ackermann’s Repository of Fashions The Parisian Gem of Fashion The Ladies’ Cabinet of Fashion, Music and Romance The New Monthly Belle Assemblée Blackwood's Lady's Magazine and Gazette of the Fashionable World The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady’s Magazine and Museum The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine
Le Journal des Dames et des Modes Petit Courrier des Dames, Journal des Modes Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes Le Bon Ton, Journal des Modes Les Modes Parisiennes Le Moniteur de la Mode
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