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Designs of modern costume, &c

Author: Moses, Henry, 1782?-1870, printmaker. Title: Designs of modern costume, &c. / by Henry Moses. On 29 plates price 16s. Publication: [London] : Pubd. by Henry Setchel & Son 23 King Strt. Covt. Garedn, [not before 1812] Catalog Record...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 22 Apr 2022

Appel à contributions : Perspective, n° 2023 – 2 MODE(S)

Bibliothèque des collections de Thebe Magugu, page d’accueil et menu d’accès aux collections (Spring-Summer 2021) [URL :]. © Thebe Magugu, droits réservés – image publiée avec son aimable autorisation...
From: Le blog de l'APAHAU on 14 Apr 2022

Consultation of physicians

A group portrait of various doctors and quacks, including Mrs Mapp, Dr. Joshua Ward and John Taylor. A version of the print also published with lettering “The company of undertakers”. The three named quacks occupy the top, twelve other ‘doctors’...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 21 Sep 2021

Were French hood worn without veils?

Back in 2015, I wrote a blog post about the decision to depict the female characters in Wolf Hall wearing French hoods with gauze veils in a variety of colours (with their hair visible below). The new Channel 5 drama … Continue reading →
From: Kirsten Claiden-Yardley on 1 Jun 2021

Under Cover in the Renaissance

It’s a beautiful day here in Salem, but I’m in lockdown in my study, more than halfway through the very last chapter of my book! I am taking a break to show you some early modern masks, just because they are so wonderful. There is no material culture...
From: streets of salem on 23 Jan 2021

Lady Binning’s feather

Catherine Erskine married Thomas Hamilton, later 2nd Earl of Haddington, and was known as Lady Binning. She died in 1635, and her mother Marie Stewart, Countess of Mar, was anxious to recover jewels which her servant Charles Mowatt had pawned. He had...
From: Objects and the archive on 29 Aug 2020

Fabrics from a Dundee merchant, 1573

A Dundee merchant’s letter offering dress fabrics, June 1573 Peter Clayhills wrote to Agnes Leslie, Lady Lochleven, sending her order of fabrics. He offered her summer dress fabrics, and velvet from the stock that had ‘come home’, and...
From: Objects and the archive on 27 Aug 2020

Shopping for Mary Queen of Scots in 1548

  Among the papers of Mary of Guise there is a record of cloth of gold bought for three gowns for Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1587), in 1548. Her agent Henri Cleutin, sieur d’Oysel, was instructed to buy the fabric from merchants who supplied...
From: Objects and the archive on 17 Aug 2020

Second-hand clothes in sixteenth-century Edinburgh

Visual sources for costume and clothing in sixteenth-century Scotland are very rare, but there are archival sources. Personal clothing appears, albeit infrequently, in wills. The wills of Edinburgh merchants and stall holders regularly include their entire...
From: Objects and the archive on 15 Aug 2020

Dress Analytics: Madame de Pompadour by Francois Boucher, 1756 {Video}

Today I have a new video for's basically a blog post in video form (lol) - you can listen to my charming stuffed-up-elf voice tell you about the gown in this famous Boucher portrait of Madame de Pompadour, 1756:

More Big Hair -- Higher, Higher, Higher

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From: 18th-century American Women on 29 Feb 2020

An Interesting Take on 18th Century Shoes

.James Gillray: Fashionable Contrasts; – or – the Duchess's little shoe yeilding to the magnitude of the Duke's foot, originally published by Hannah Humphrey on January 24, 1792.The print shows the feet & ankles of the Duke & Duchess...
From: 18th-century American Women on 27 Feb 2020

Anna of Denmark: Costume, Colours, and Identities in Scotland

This is a transcript of a talk I gave at Riddles Court in Edinburgh and Jesus College, Oxford, in 2019 about Anna of Denmark in Scotland, 1589 to 1603 Introduction In Scotland Anna of Denmark had her own household separate from the kings’. These...
From: Objects and the archive on 11 Jan 2020

In Business - Widow Elizabeth Peck Perkins

.Elizabeth Peck Perkins (1736-1807), was a Boston widow, businesswoman, & philanthropist. She was the oldest child of English immigrants Elizabeth & Thomas Handasyd Peck. Her father became a successful fur trader & hatter; an outspoken Whig;...
From: 18th-century American Women on 15 Dec 2019

The gold buttons of Mary, Queen of Scots and Anna of Denmark

Mary, Queen of Scots used buttons and dress fastenings made of gold, which were set with jewels and pearls and enamelled. Some were made in Portuguese style. On 6 January 1572 a large quantity of these buttons, horns, points, or aglets were carefully...
From: Objects and the archive on 19 Oct 2019

The Goldsmith, the Footman, the Queen, and the Earl of Bothwell

Jacob Kroger (d. 1594) was a German goldsmith who worked for Anna of Denmark in Scotland and stole her jewels. Jacob Kroger was a citizen of Lüneburg, ruled by Anna of Denmark’s brother-in-law, Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg.[1]...
From: Objects and the archive on 15 Oct 2019

A few 1760s-90s London prints of women doing domestic chores

London printmakers published hundreds of popular & satirical mezzotints between 1760 and 1800, many of which quickly found their way to the British American colonies and later to the new republic.  These prints give a glimpse into the everyday...
From: 18th-century American Women on 14 Sep 2013

Home-bred fashions or taste A-La-Mode?? A little satire & a few London Fashion Prints

Just as British American colonials were recognizing that they were developing into a far different society than the hereditary and aristocratic world of the mother country, they were in the midst of a full-blown consumer revolution. It was just that consumer...
From: 18th-century American Women on 16 Sep 2013

Coco 2019 Gala - 1830s Explosion!

For this year's Costume College gala, the theme was "The Opulent Streets of Venice," which can be, well, anything really!Abby, Chrissy, and I decided to be opulently wide and fluffy, so we donned our 1830s silk dresses. We originally made these gowns...

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