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

1902 Dresses in Patterned Fabric

1902 Almost identical dresses in leaf patterned fabric sewn with bands of black lace and sheer ribbon, lace yokes, faux kerchief ties in black or white. Photographer: Cohen 439 Milwaukee Ave. Chicago. Pencil inscription and date: July 31, 02, Sine Nielsen and Josephine Koehn.