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

1913 African American Sisters

1913 best guess. African American sisters. On the left: lingerie shirtwaist, cummerbund waist, long skirt with two flounces. On the right: a silk dress with underblouse. Matching chokers and similar sailor style hats. High button boots. Photographer: Jones Photographic Co. 2212 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas. Photo postcard.