AB: Beaudoin-Ross – Form and Fashion

(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)

*Beaudoin-Ross, Jacqueline. Form and Fashion: Nineteenth Century Montreal Dress (Formes et modes: Le costume à Montréal au XIXͤ siècle). Montreal: McCord Museum of Canadian History, 1992.

This is a bilingual English and French exhibit publication from the McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal, Quebec. It contains beautiful full-color, full-page photographs of gowns ranging from the beginning to the end of the 19th century, as well as detailed information about each style, and a section with further fashion and cultural information including other images. Admirably, it makes connections between extant gowns, antique photographs, fashion plates, and other sources. Altogether a lovely book, offering essentially a succinct visual timeline of women’s high fashion. It is not instructional. It contains many color images. It contains a bibliography. I personally own this book, and would recommend it.

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