Before the proliferation of photography, the fashion-conscious public relied on illustrations in magazines to follow the latest developments in style. Fashion Illustration in Britain: Society and the Seasons (British Library, 2017) covers the late 18th century to the 1930s, when fashion illustrations became an art form in themselves, as key publications – and their taste-making illustrations – defined the looks of each era. Featuring previously unpublished material from the extensive British Library archives, this book charts the history of fashion and the social calendar in Britain through the fashion plates of some of the most significant periodicals, offering a record of fashion illustration in Britain that spans across three centuries.  

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