Charming & colorful fashions for women from every month of 1859

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From the Editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1859:

A few words about the “fashions”

Try, my dear young friends, to cultivate your talents to bear a good proportion to your skeletons. Expand your kindly feelings and warm affections in the family circle and the widest social range; invite good humor and benevolence to become permanent guests in the inner chamber of your hearts; then be assured you will be lovely and beloved, whatever externals fashion may require you to assume.

La Bruyere says, very prettily: “Virtue has the good luck to suffice to herself. She can do without admirers, partisans, and patrons. The want of assistance and praise not only does her no harm, but it preserves her, improves her, and renders her more perfect. Let her be in fashion or out of fashion, she is still virtue.”


Steel fashion plate for January 1859

Dinner dress of peach blossom silk; the skirt double, and trimmed by a cordon of passementerie, mixed black and peach color.

Walking dress of fawn-colored silk; the skirt in three deep flounces, trimmed by narrow ruche puffings of black silk. Bonnet of garnet velvet and black lace, with a black plume.

Evening dress of rich groseille-colored silk, with a polka spot in black velvet. Corsage low, marking the evening dress.

Steel fashion plate for January 1859 - Godey's Lady's Book


Steel fashion plate for February 1859

Walking dress of blue poplin. White uncut velvet bonnet, with bands of tartan plaid. The fullness of the skirt is arranged in two broad plaits, trimmed to correspond.

Carriage dress of peach blossom silk, shot with black.

Walking dress of dark brown cashmere, with bands of plaid velvet ribbon and fringe to correspond. Bonnet of brown uncut velvet, with black lace and blue ribbon.

Dress of fawn-colored reps, with double skirt; the upper one has quilles formed by a breadth of the silk gathered into a double puff, by a drawing through the center. Sleeves puffed lengthwise, with a jockey and cuff of groseille silk. Cap of white cambric, with ribbon to correspond with the decorations of the dress.

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Steel fashion plate for Feb 1859 - Godey's Lady's Book


Steel fashion plate for March 1859

Dress of green moire antique, a new and peculiar shade. Corsage plain and round, ornamented with tassels. Sleeves in four puffs, commencing at the shoulder. Double skirt; the upper one ornamented with loops of heavy cord and tassels.

Dress of mauve-colored silk; the body, sleeves, and upper skirt trimmed with a plaid silk or poplin, in black and white cheques. Bonnet of violet silk, with Perms violets, purple and gold, the same colors.

Walking dress of fawn-colored silk. Double skirt; s trimming of green plaid ribbon. A mantle of heavy black silk, shawl shaped, with rounded point; trimming black lace, heading a row of fringe the same depth.

Steel fashion plate for March 1859 - Godey's Lady's Book


Steel fashion plate for April 1859

It is needless to say that these costumes are a glimpse into the coming season.

Carriage-dress of pale fawn-colored challais shaded with black. The upper skirt, sleeves, and corsage are trimmed with blue ribbon, set on plain; a bow of the same loops the tunic skirt to the right and ornaments the sleeve.

Home dress of brown ducal.

Carriage dress of figured India muslin, with a double skirt.

Walking dress for the country. Plain skirt, and brown and black mohair in horizontal stripes.

Steel fashion plate for April 1859 - Godey's Lady's Book


Steel fashion plate for May 1859

The piazza promenade, suitable for a watering place. Dinner dress of white grenadine, with a large raindrop pattern in Rose des Alpes — the lightest shade of groseille. It has two skirts, both trimmed by a puffing of the material, put on in reversed hollow plaits. Mantle of white muslin. Leghorn hat, the Clotilde, with a wreath of English daisies without foliage, around the crown, and a fall of black lace on the brim; face trimming of ribbon.

Dress of mauve-colored silk. Bonnet of drawn silk, a bright Pomona green; blonde veil.

Dinner or evening dress, suited to the same wear, for a young lady in her first season “out.” The silk is of the favorite shade, Alpine rose, made with exquisite simplicity.

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Dress of white organdy. The skirt has a deep flounce from the waist almost to the knee. Scarf mantle of black silk. Headdress of ruby velvet.

Steel fashion plate for May 1859 - Godey's Lady's Book


Steel fashion plate for June 1859

Dinner-dress for a watering-place; also suitable for a small evening gathering. The material Is a light glace or summer silk, not heavy, but lustrous; it has broad alternate stripes of white and apple, or Pomona green, edged by a narrow lace pattern in black. There are two skirts; the upper one has a woven side pattern in diamonds, which are ornamented by light sewing silk tassels.

Dress of white tarleton, with two flounces; the upper one being gathered into the waist; both have dahlia trimming of pink ribbon.

Walking dress of purple and white Batiste, with a mantle of the same. Light capeline of drawn white silk, with a wreath of wildflowers.

Walking dress for a country ramble. The dress itself is of russet-colored mohair, plain and full.

Steel fashion plate for June 1859 - Godey's Lady's Book


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