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

1882 Velvet Bustle Back Dress

1882 best guess Velvet bustle back dress with corset lacing worn by Charlotte Monckton Lister, Lady Ribblesdale, married to Lord Ribblesdale whose distinguished good looks earned him the nick-name Ancestor and who was famously painted by Sargent. Photograph: W. & D. Downey London & Newcastle.