M2003X.6.3.296 | Four Ladies with Fashionable Dresses ( from Godey's Lady's Book)
Four Ladies with Fashionable Dresses ( from Godey's Lady's Book)
1843, 19th century
Hand-coloured steel engraving on wove paper
15.8 x 25.8 cm
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Miscellaneous (671) , Print (10661)
In this print from an 1843 issue of Godey's Lady's Book and Ladies American Magazine, the second model from the right is wearing a dress similar in several respects - notably the neckline and the tight sleeves - to a dress owned by the McCord Museum (M9188.8.131.52-3). Tight sleeves, both long and short, were all the rage by 1842.
Godey's Lady's Book from Philadelphia and various other publications kept Montreal ladies up-to-date on the latest trends. The Montreal Gazette, for example, published notes on London and Paris styles. The Illustrated London News, which also carried news of fashion, and Punch, or the London Charivari, which often mocked it, were imported by mail steamer.