The Art of Fashion: 1850-1859 Book

$ 15.00

The Art of Fashion

1850 - 1859 Dress, Sewing, and Clothing Care Advice

Compiled and Edited By Deb Salisbury

During the 1850s, the art of fashion was studied by every woman who wanted to create her own wardrobe.

Ladies magazines were scrutinized and dissected, scoured for details on how each effect was created, how many seams were used, and how the pleats were formed.

She learned why changes were made, when they went out of date, and how to recreate the styles she liked. Most of all, she studied what the current rules were even though they seemed to change monthly, especially for the most fashion conscious women.

This wonderful resource book compiles sewing and fashion advice given in books and periodicals during the 1850s and from the writers of that time. Entries show name and date of the periodical they were originally published in as well as quotes from the era.

Pattern sketches are included as published along with any sewing instructions that accompanied them.

The Art of Fashion book is broken into three sections for ease of use:

  1. Sewing tips and fashion advice
  2. Fabric cleaning and care
  3. Bibliography of magazines and other helpful books


Great resource for your costume library with over 490 black & white period engravings and illustrations showing the changing fashions in the 1850s. Perfect for historical costumers, re-enactors, scholars, and those interested in learning more about 1850s women's fashion.

Book printed in paperback format with glossy cover. 324 pages. 8.5" x 11"

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