Fashion Plates 1771-1901
R. Crompton Rhodes (1887-1935)
donated his prized collection of over 400 fashion plates to Birmingham Libraries and it now forms part of the Library of Birmingham's Early and Fine Printing Collection.
With the earliest plate dated at 1771, this unique collection traces over 125 years of changing tastes and styles in European clothing design and offers a rich source of information to students of fashion, textiles and costume.
These amusing caricatures first appeared in British journals in the 1770s
Explore a century of change for women
Pantaloons are dropped in favour of the new fashion for trousers
Children's fashion designs at this time favoured elegance over practicality
Elegance and formality are not words we would associate with leisure wear today
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