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Form and Fashion

Jacqueline Beaudoin-Ross and Cynthia Cooper, McCord Museum. Adaptation by Karine Rousseau

In the 19th century, fashion begins to change far more rapidly than it had in the past. The most overt manifestation of this accelerated tempo of change is the constant shifting of the fashionable silhouette of women's dress. A survey of the period from 1810 to 1898 reveals a wide variety of distinct modish silhouettes or forms. The women's attire held in the McCord Museum collection provides an apt illustration of the stylistic changes of this period through the evolving shapes of skirts, sleeves and bodices.


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