You are browsing the archive for fashion.

The Philosophy of Beards (1854)

- May 8, 2018 in beards, fashion, hair, victorian

Eccentric Victorian book arguing a strong case for the universal wearing of a beard – that essential symbol of manly distinction since ancient times.

The Philosophy of Beards (1854)

- May 8, 2018 in beards, fashion, hair, victorian

Eccentric Victorian book arguing a strong case for the universal wearing of a beard – that essential symbol of manly distinction since ancient times.

19th-Century Album of Ottoman Fashion

- September 3, 2015 in clothes, costumes, fashion, hats, ottoman clothing, ottoman empire, turkish costumes

An album showing various clothing and ceremonial costumes of the Ottoman Empire, including an array of very impressive hatwear.

19th-Century Album of Ottoman Fashion

- September 3, 2015 in clothes, costumes, fashion, hats, ottoman clothing, ottoman empire, turkish costumes

An album showing various clothing and ceremonial costumes of the Ottoman Empire, including an array of very impressive hatwear.

Fashions of the Future as Imagined in 1893

- April 8, 2014 in fashion, future, retro-future, retrofu, victorian

Illustrations from a delightful piece called the Future Dictates of Fashion by W. Cade Gall and published in 1893 which tries to predict the next 100 years of fashion.

Fashions of the Future as Imagined in 1893

- April 8, 2014 in fashion, future, retro-future, retrofu, victorian

Illustrations from a delightful piece called the Future Dictates of Fashion by W. Cade Gall and published in 1893 which tries to predict the next 100 years of fashion.

A little wander down the catwalk of time…

- September 10, 2013 in collections, fashion, Flickr: the Commons, Images, Internet Archive, Wikimedia Commons

(seem more on our Pinterest Board). HELP TO KEEP US AFLOAT The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project and we rely on support from our readers to stay afloat. If you like what we do then please do consider making a donation. We welcome all contributions, big or small - everything helps! Become a Patron Small angel : £3.00 GBP - monthly Medium sized hero : £5.00 GBP - monthly Large emperor : £10.00 GBP - monthly Vast deity : £20.00 GBP - monthly Make a one off Donation SIGN UP TO THE NEWSLETTER Sign up to get our free fortnightly newsletter which shall deliver direct to your inbox the latest brand new article and a digest of the most recent collection items. Simply add your details to the form below and click the link you receive via email to confirm your subscription! Name: E-mail:

The Corset X-Rays of Dr Ludovic O’Followell (1908)

- June 18, 2013 in collections, corset, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, fashion, health, Images, Images-20th, Images-Photography, Images-Science, medicine, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide, Wikimedia Commons, x-ray

X-Ray images of women wearing corsets from the second volume of the French doctor Ludovic O’Followell’s Le Corset (1908). Although Dr O’Followell was clearly keen to show the damaging impact of corsets on women’s health, he did not actually want the corset to be abolished, but was simply trying to encourage a less severe design. Dr O’Followell in fact continued to write a regular column for the deluxe corsetier’s magazine Les Dessous Elégance. Wikimedia Commons Found via: Retronaut Underlying Work: PD Worldwide | Digital Copy: No Additional Rights Download: Right click on image or see source for higher res versions HELP TO KEEP US AFLOAT The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project and we rely on support from our readers to stay afloat. If you like what we do then please do consider making a donation. We welcome all contributions, big or small - everything helps! Become a Patron Small angel : £3.00 GBP - monthly Medium sized hero : £5.00 GBP - monthly Large emperor : £10.00 GBP - monthly Vast deity : £20.00 GBP - monthly Make a one off Donation SIGN UP TO THE NEWSLETTER Sign up to get our free fortnightly newsletter which shall deliver […]

Bifurcated Girls: Vanity Fair Special Issue (1903)

- April 26, 2013 in collections, fashion, girlie magazine, Images, Images-20th, Images-People, Images-Photography, pants, sex, sexism, sexual exploitation, trousers, vanity fair, women

Not the same Vanity Fair of current fame, this was a version published by The Commonwealth Publishing Company of New York City, incorporated in February 1902 but which went bankrupt in April 1904. “Vanity Fair” has been the title for at least 5 magazines, and as a phrase became popular through John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress where it was the name for Beelzebub’s dominion, and later also as the title of William Thackeray’s 1848 novel. Dian Hansen in the first volume of her History of Men’s Magazines (Taschen, 2004) discusses the “Bifurcated Girls” special issue and argues that this particular incarnation of Vanity Fair can be seen as the origin of the American girlie magazine: While France had a well-established men’s magazine industry by 1900, America was just showing its ankles in 1903. A magazine called Vanity Fair (unrelated to the current incarnation) was the raciest thing around, and rooming house loozies the hotties of the time. In this New York, tabloid girls who drank like men might strip down to their petticoats and fall into bed together, exposing their corset cover and stockings to peeping male boarders. The famously loose morals of stage actresses made them popular subjects for these [...]

Fashion Parade amongst the Ruins of Rome (1964)

- July 10, 2012 in fashion, Films, Films: 1960s, Films: Clip, Films: Ephemeral, non-article, rome

< div align="center">

In the same year as 1964′s epic blockbuster The Fall of The Roman Empire starring Sophia Loren, Alec Guniess, and James Mason comes this strange little newsreel showing the latest wool fashions being modelled amidst the tourist sites of Rome. The narrator has a particular penchant for the punned quip, and the occasional mysterious phrase – “What does she see amongst the ghosts of Roman Senators? This vibrant at-home naked wool challis in a floral print. Where the ancients praised Caesar she praises the inspiration of its designers”.

Download from Internet Archive

Note this film is in the public domain in the US, but may not be in other jurisdictions. Please check its status in your jurisdiction before re-using.




< div class="cgview light"> < ul id="cg-ul">
  • <img src="http://publicdomainreview.org/wp-content/plugins/category-grid-view-gallery/includes/timthumb.php?src=http://publicdomainreview.org/2012/07/10/fashion-parade-amongst-the-ruins-of-rome-1964/http%3A//publicdomainreview.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/7/files/2011/08/220px-Gertie_the_Dinosaur_poster.jpg&h=200&w=200&zc=1&q=75%22 alt="Gertie The Dinosaur (1914)" title="Gertie The Dinosaur (1914)"/>






  • Sign up to get our free fortnightly newsletter which shall deliver direct to your inbox the latest brand new article and a digest of the most recent collection items. Simply add your details to the form below and click the link you receive via email to confirm your subscription!

    flattr this!