"I am fond of history-and am very well contented to take the false with the true." ~Miss Tilney in Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey"
Empire costume worn by Merle Oberon as Joséphine de Beauharnais in the 1954 film "Désirée." As with most film costumes at the time, this is based less in historical fashion than in the styles of the day.
18th-century-fashion-dolls. Before fashion magazines styles were advertised with dolls. Mantua makers sent miniatures with instructions how to dress the dolls in the outfits, therefore advertising the new styles, fabrics and silhouettes.
From a set of playing cards, ca. 1470–1485, South Netherlandish -- The Cloisters set of fifty-two cards constitutes the only known complete deck of illuminated ordinary playing cards from the 15th century. There are four suits, each consisting of a king, a queen, a knave, and ten pip cards. The suit symbols, based on equipment associated with the hunt, are hunting horns, dog collars, hound tethers, and game nooses. The figures appear to be based on Franco-Flemish models.
Does this illustration look like something you would find in a book from your childhood? What about your kids? If not, just look back to the 1800s for your inspiration! (Photo: The British Museum via Huffington Post)