(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)
*Olian, JoAnne, Ed. 80 Godey’s Full-Color Fashion Plates: 1838-1880. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1998.
This book is full of delightful full-color images of hand-painted fashion plates from the widely popular Godey’s Lady’s Book, dating from 1838 to 1880. There is also a helpful introduction and a section of “Notes on Plates,” which offers the original accompanying text for the fashion plates, describing each ensemble or set of ensembles. As a survey of high fashion styles, this book is quite useful and inspirational. It is not instructional. It contains color images. It does not contain a bibliography. I personally own this book, and would highly recommend it.