For more than thirty years I have been collecting photographs that illustrate the changing silhouette of fashion beginning in the 1850s and continuing through most of the twentieth century. The majority of the photographs in the Timeline Archive are firmly dated, that is , inscribed with a date by the sitter or photographer.The Fashion Timeline is an archive of thousands of photographs, the majority firmly dated, chosen to illustrate changes in silhouette beginning in the 1850s continuing to 2000 and also to provide a photographic glossary of fashion terms.  Included are professional fashion photographs, professional photographs of anonymous yet fashionable sitters, early examples of street fashion photography and charmingly casual snapshots.

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Dorota Liczbinska-Bates

1899 Lingerie Dress

1899 Lingerie dress, white hat and parasol, worn with black stockings and polished calf pumps, lace trimmed fan dangling from a cord. Photographer: Purdy Boston 146 Tremont St. Ink inscription: Grace Kellogg, Class of ’99.