Godey's Lady's Book (1830–1898) was an American woman's magazine that reflected the manners and morals of the day. Among other things, it brought its 19th-century readers a monthly installment of the latest Parisian fashions. Exquisite, hand-colored engravings depicted women modeling designer gowns, dresses, bonnets, capes, muffs, and accessories ― "les modes Parisiennes."
The author personally selected the most striking Godey plates from the years 1841 to 1888 ―a gallery of 24 full-color plates that reflect the insouciance, charm, and style of 19th-century haute couture.
The book shows craftsworkers how to use these fine reproductions of authentic period fashions for d coupage. D coupeurs can decorate boxes, trays, furniture, lamps, bookends, vases, and countless other items with these lovely renderings and be assured their work will last for years.
Eight pages of step-by-step instructions teach you the art of d coupage on wood, under glass, and using acrylics: materials, sealing, painting, gluing, varnishing, and sanding ― everything you need to know to beautify wood, metal, ceramics, and glass.
Craftsworkers, fashion designers, costume enthusiasts, and graphic artists will welcome this collection of copyright-free vintage designs for their antique flavor, artistic craftsmanship, and for the formal grace of pose and composition that evokes a bygone era.