The Butterick Publishing Co. Metropolitan Fashions of 1898

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2020-07-15
Publisher(s): Dover Pubns
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Before the twentieth century, women's ready-made apparel was practically unheard of, and only the wealthy could afford to hire someone to make their clothes. But during the 1860s, a pioneering American tailor named Ebenezer Butterick developed simplified patterns that allowed home seamstresses to broaden their wardrobes and dress in the latest styles. To promote his patterns, Butterick established a semi-annual catalog containing "the Latest and Reigning Fashions for Ladies', Misses', and Children's Wear."
Kristina Seleshanko, a noted fashion historian, has selected images from an 1898 issue of The Butterick Publishing Co.'s Metropolitan Fashions to highlight a gorgeous variety of women's and children's apparel. The illustrations range from everyday dresses to evening gowns and include lingerie, sportswear, and hats. An Appendix showcases men's styles as well. Seleshanko's informative Introduction discusses authentic era attire and explains the catalog's modern-day relevance. Costumers, fashion designers, and those interested in the history of style and fashion will appreciate this vast collection.

Author Biography

Kristina (Harris) Seleshanko is the author of several Dover books on fashion, style, costume, and design, including Edwardian Fashions: A Snapshot in Time from Harper's Bazar 1906, Authentic Victorian Fashion Patterns and 49 Authentic Turn-of-the-Century Fashion Patterns. She has also written scores of articles for publications such as Woman's Day, Victorian Decorating and Lifestyle, and Sew News. She lives in North Bend, Oregon.

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