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

1928 Afternoon Frock

1928 Afternoon frock with narrowly pleated skirt, grid-tucked bodice, trimming of patterned bands, medium-brimmed straw hat with ribbon trim and rosettes; long pearl necklace with small pearl spacer beads, Art Deco crystal centered pin, envelope purse, pumps. Photographer: unknown. One of a group of photographs, some dated.