The Beau Monde (1820s-1860s)
Original hand-colored engravings • Sheet size: approx. 11 x 8½ inches (exceptions noted)
(Age-appropriate toning/foxing/wear/tears may be present. Plates may also be trimmed somewhat.
These 150+ year old prints are sold "as is" so please have a careful look at the provided enlargements and feel free to ask questions if you are unsure about the flaws.)
Fashion plates were hand-colored engravings that appeared in women’s magazines. Since clothing could not be obtained ready-made, these plates provided information to dressmakers and home sewers on the latest fashion trends. In the United States many of the engravings were copied from plates in French magazines. The Beau Monde was one of the most popular French magazines for fashion.