German and French Fancy Dress Fashion Plates from the 1890s

Vintage Fancy Dress fashion plates from the 1890s

A German fashion plate of fancy dress from the 1890s

A German fashion plate of fancy dress from the 1890s

These plates originally appeared in fashion magazines. Much like the images in fashion magazines today, they were more for inspiration than for literal suggestions of clothes to wear everyday. However, in that age of dressmakers, instead of department stores, I'm sure they did provide inspiration for the imagination and desires of wealthy women.