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    Barbara Johnson's Fabric Sample Book 1746-1823

  • Maggie Almdale

    A British reverend’s daughter named Barbara Johnson (1738-1825) kept a meticulous diary of the fabrics she used and details of the garments she made with them. The original diary is now a part of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection. It was reproduced in the 1980s and published under the title A Lady of Fashion: Barbara Johnson’s Album of Styles and Fabrics. (neat idea for a framed piece in a bedroom. or if you redo a children's/adults room, but want to retain history)

  • Linda Davis Siess

    18th Century Style

  • Leslie Andrich

    From: A Lady of Fashion: Barbara Johnson's Album of Styles and Fabrics Hardcover – September, 1987 I bought this book back in 1987 and treasure it! 1746-1823 Album with textile samples and fashion plates, compiled by Barbara Johnson, England

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A British reverend’s daughter named Barbara Johnson (1738-1825) kept a meticulous diary of the fabrics she used and details of the garments she made with them. The original diary is now a part of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection. It was reproduced in the 1980s and published under the title A Lady of Fashion: Barbara Johnson’s Album of Styles and Fabrics.

Found out about this Diary on the blog True Up. It is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was kept by Barbara Johnson, the daughter of an English Reverend. The diary consists of the fabrics she used and the details of the garments she constructed out of them. She meticulously cataloged her dressmaking from age 8 into her 80's from 1738-1825.

From an album with textile samples and fashion plates, compiled by Barbara Johnson, England, 1746-1823.

Barbara Johnson's Fabric Sample Book 1746-1823

Barbara Johnson, a well-off Englishwoman from a clerical family, made detailed notes about her wardrobe for the period 1760-1823

Page from Barbara Johnson's album or sewing diary

Barbara Johnson, a well-off Englishwoman from a clerical family, made detailed notes about her wardrobe for the period 1760-1823

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