Imagine your Fashion History project could be digital.

The internet is such an amazing resource!  Your Fashion History project could carry images such as these with all the information that pertains to them.

“Portrait of Grand Duchess Bianca Capello de Medici with Her Son, by Alessandro Allori (b Florence, 31 May 1535; d Florence, 22 Sept 1607).  Current location: Dallas Museum of Art”

Le corset a travers les ages could be translated as simply as “The corset through the ages” but when the phrase is put into a French>English online translator, it translates as “The girdle has foible ages.”  Which is actually very funny and poignant.

WikiMedia states, “The high-waisted Empire silhouette is seen in certain high-belted styles of Classical antiquity, and was the mainstream middle and upper class fashion in Western countries during the period ca. 1795-1820 (in this context, it is known as the “Directoire” and/or “Empire” and/or “Regency” style). It enjoyed a limited revival as part of late 19th century “Artistic Dress” styles or attempts at “Dress reform”, and again in the late 1960s / early 1970s.”  (Fashionnation1on1 note: the current 1970s influence on Spring 2011.)

The search above on WikiMedia led to a page with Fashion by era, year by year!  Here is a link to 1791 fashion images and information.

So…let’s all come into the modern age without leaving the past, and all of its glory, behind.

“This Winton Motor Carriage advertisement from the July 30, 1898 issue of Scientific American has often been identified as the “first” ad for an automobile.”   Image from – The First Automobile Advertisements from the online exhibits of the Henry Ford.

You also have the following types of information at your finger tips with few a simple keystrokes (CTRL C and CTRL V = very little typing but always remember the rules of “quotation”):

1830 – America has over 50,000 mills with machinery driven by waterpower.

1830 – Louis Godey publishes the Lady’s Book, the first successful women’s magazine in the United States.

1831 – William Lloyd Garrison begins publishing the abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator,  to encourage the end of enslavement.

1835 – Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville writes a report on American society, Democracy in America, after traveling 7,000 miles throughout the United States.

1839 – The era of photography begins in the United States, as Louis Daguerre’s process for capturing photographic images is introduced.

1842 – The first gummed postage stamps bring changes in the postal system, as senders–rather than the receivers–begin paying for a letter to be delivered.

1842 – The state of Massachusetts passes a law that limits children under 12, who worked in factories, to a ten-hour day.

1846 – Elias Howe invents the sewing machine.

1850 – At a time when women always wore skirts, women’s rights advocate Amelia Bloomer wears a garment of full trousers, which became known as the bloomer costume.

1852 – Massachusetts passes a law requiring all children between the ages of 8 and 14 to attend school at least 12 weeks a year.


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