Women’s Fashion 1784-1970
July 8, 2017

Despite putting almost zero effort into what I wear on a day to day basis, the history of fashion fascinates me. What people wore said a lot about the times they lived in.

These two graphics, created by Reddit user Mer-fishy, show the gradual progression of fashion between 1784 and 1970.

Aren’t they FABULOUS?

Jillianne Hamilton is a history enthusiast and the author of The Spirited Mrs. Pringle (historical fiction), The Hobby Shop on Barnaby Street (historical romance), and The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII (non-fiction). Jill launched The Lazy Historian in 2015. She lives in Charlottetown on Canada’s beautiful east coast. Learn more.

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  1. Hi! I would love to know where the illustrations came from – I have been searching for a book I once saw as a child in my public library that I think had these same drawings. Do you know their source or how I could find it? Thank you very much for any assistance!

    • Like I mentioned in the post, these were put together by a Reddit user and used in this blog post with their permission. I believe she mostly cropped out fashion plates from different eras and edited them together into a timeline. Not sure if that helps!


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Hi, I'm Jillianne.

I'm a historical fiction writer, a lover of history, and a hoarder of books. I'm the author of The Spirited Mrs. Pringle, The Hobby Shop on Barnaby Street, and The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII.

The Lazy Historian is a history blog featuring stories from the past with sass. With a focus on Western European and women's history, I delve into anything fascinating. Learn more.