WWI Great War -. This book was in black in white harder to see detail , a treasure trove of historic research and more beautiful photographs. I know, I can think of a few in my life and some clients have confirmed this with many photos of one an ancestor through-out their life, never changed the hairstyle in seventy years.
Black and white is a common colour scheme for most fashion websites , especially those thatwant to convey an image of elegance and classicism, while young and playful brands use a lot of colour. The main objective of a fashion website is to keep the viewer in the site enough time for him or her to see the last collection of the product. Some fashion websites have interactive elements and try to transform the visit into a sensory experience for the viewer.
In this post we compiled 50 of the best fashion websites you can find on the Internet these days. Fashion websites tend to change from one season to another, so take a look quickly, before they are gone! Diesel - Magic of Christmas. Diesel - Color Exposure. The Butcher and The Crow. Charles Campbell - Bespoke Shirts. Wrangler Europe We are animals. Magazine for designers and web developers. To determine a date, create a file folder and with a clean sheet of paper, and draw two columns with the two decades you mostly believe to be the date of your photo.
Just like a lawyer, argue a case for each decade. Scan, enlarge and copy the photo in question and staple it to the folder, as you learn about fashion you can draw arrows with quick notes so you don't have to dig through articles. Then research the fashion terms such as wide sleeves in the photo and add them to one or the other column until you can determine which decade has the most items in it.
Match it with the information you have on the relative, that you suspect it is. Always stay focused on facts, backed up by photos to your claims to a specific date when dating a photograph and list them as short sentences not a history lesson. Attach photos of proof and keep a record of where the information was found.
Your folder should have, your photo copy, your argument worksheet, list of resources where each item of proof was found. You may think you'll find it again and maybe you will, but don't take the chance that the page is no longer in service or the site is now charging for information. One way to capture the information is to take a photo of the computer screen with your phone and print that out. Another options is to copy and paste it to Word program and print it from there.
This practice is okay if it's only for your personal use. Be mindful of copyright restrictions. Note physical properties first, that's the easiest. What is your photo made of? Cooper, glass, tin or paper? See "History of Photographic Processes" for detailed descriptions of how to tell what you have. Remember that trends in fashions, hairstyles and facial hair, often overlapped.
Some individuals find a hair style that works for them and never change it, in their entire life. I know, I can think of a few in my life and some clients have confirmed this with many photos of one an ancestor through-out their life, never changed the hairstyle in seventy years. Magazine covers exaggerate styles just like today and were circulated very slowly, particularly if one lived in rural area.
Take note of decades in which wars took place, fashions were influenced by war uniforms. Be mindful of repeating styles. The style says one decade but the physical properties of the photograph say another decade. I have seen copies of daguerreotype photos on card mounts. Note where the relative lived, town versus country fashions and rich versus poor. American lag behind European fashions about a yea r.
On your worksheet estimate, note, the sitters age, estimating their birth year by recognizing facial features that are clues to what decade of life their in, like jowls, deep laugh lines and crows feet. List objects in the image, like what type of flooring, describe the background, what objects are they holding or leaning on. These are all words to search for. This sounds easy enough if you know what you are looking at to describe it. You have to train yourself, what to look for, to determine a date range.
We found a website about vintage sewing, re-enacting, and costuming. All eager to learn, teach and experience the joy of sewing something period and wearing it to a era themed event, and they were key to putting a name to what you are looking at. Make note if they are pregnant, a clue to the next generation and the jewelry present too can be dated.. Sounds simple but if you are not aware of fashion terms, you will look at it and say obvious general terms.
Example, a sleeve, can be described as having many parts, what kind of sleeve or what kind of skirt, what is the hair doing, is there a part and are the ears covered? So reading here was your first step, if you can't find it here then it's time to search for whatever it is that I don't have here. You may want to let us now about your particular photo so we can post it and describe it here for others to see.
You will come across sites that show you in detail the type of sleeves that were popular from through s. The bustle period was, search for bustle. If your search is for men's fashion the same applies, search for men's fashions like top hat, "jacket lapels wiki" etc.
Keep in mind, that as in today's photos for example, you could have a photo of someone in the s that is wearing clothes from the 's or be in theater with a costume on. You may want to simply look for photos in the time period you suspect your photo is in and see if the clothes, objects or style look like your photo.
Fashion Terms and Eras. It was my experience that when reading articles, blog's and books that may hint at explaining clothes of specific eras, and fashion terms, that in the author's efforts to avoid being repetitive or not wanting to commit to a specific era, chose broad terms to describe a period and many ways of describing the same era. This was very confusing for me. Below is a table that I hope will be helpful to relieve some of the confusion when you search.
This could be a handy place to return to or put a table like this in your photo dating file. By researching some of these personalities and social movements, you can see samples of clothing. If you have a photo of a nurse for example, think of nursing personalities or events that may show photos of a nurses uniform of that time period. If it's not the same uniform then at least you know what decade it's not!
Knowing the names of the parts of a dress will help you identify a decade. I started creating tables with the definitions of fashion terms and then realized that particular names of fashion items would change from one decade to the next.
I remember in the 60's for women, narrow pants below the knee were called "peddle pushers" and now the are called "capri's". In my mother's hay day strapless shoes were called mules, I asked her why and she said because you could kick them off. Look at your photograph and describe the parts and assign one term for it, for less confusions. When discussing your photo with someone remember they may have a different name for what you a describing, that's why you need a copy of your photo in your file not the original.
WWI Great War -. World War II -. Historic Events and Personalities Effecting Fashions. Research, Historical Personalities to study and compare their clothes. Inventors — Alexander Graham Bell. Presidents and Politicians — Lincoln, Grant , etc. Photographers — Mathew Brady. Anthon y, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Artist - Charles Dana Gibson. Rational Dress Reform - Amelia Bloomer. So if you have photographs with any of these items it will help you narrow down or dismiss any decade you had in mind or you can research the item further.
After lapels on men's jackets with the "M" notch are rarely seen. After pagoda sleeves were out of fashion. After Round floor length hoop skirts were out of fashion.
After Civil War and not so much after the late 's, veterans and freed slaves headed West looking for work and found it driving cattle, they became the first American cowboys. They work bandana's for the dust, leather chaps on their legs, dungarees and cowboy hats. In May 20, Levi Strauss patented blue jeans, denim, dungarees mostly worn by gold miners, farmers and cowboys. By , similar laws were enacted in about 12 other states. Audubon Society activities are responsible for many laws for the establishment of game commissions and game warden forces, or prohibiting the sale of game.
After WWI names of ships on sailor hats were no longer used. After cars lost that square look early cars had. Book References and Review: I have read the following books for my research in creating a new work, here at Photos Made Perfect. Here you can find the topics of Photo Dating which are the physical properties of determining the age of a photograph, History of Photographic Processes".
My reviews for the following books are focused on the photo dating for the genealogist , not necessarily on the history of fashions, cultural influence of fashions or value of the fashions or the value photograph itself.
The thought behind these reviews is to help the genealogist sift through the best books that will aid in photo dating. They are all good and each has a slant on topics with specific interest. So why promote the books you ask?
Well, you can pretty much date any photograph with the information here on my site to begin that's my whole point. However, these books offer more by going into more detail about a specific topic that pertains to what your looking for. These books offer amusing insights to why clothes morphed which helps to retain what you learned easily. Also buying these books you have access to the photographs to do as you wish with them, some people cut them out and frame them or use them as book marks.
My site is less yak with the emphasis on visual samples with to the point sentences. If you would like me to read and comment on your book only as the pertain to photos , just mail it to us free of charge and we will add it to this column after we have had a chance to read it. Top of column, most recently reviews. If you want more information on a particular book, click or call, I don't mind sharing more, I could only say so much here.
At first glance, without reading it, the images used, makes for a nice coffee table book. Through out the book were glossy pages with large images, some in color, most in sepia tones of the era so you could see details, which is the point of dating clothes that other books have lack. I really liked that the children's chapter more in-depth, which I find other books to be weak in. Also there were more fashion terms used not found in other books which is always good to know more.
She includes price guide for collectors of vintage clothing and images of clothing construction. Victorian Costume for Ladies , revised and expanded 2nd edition. Also by Linda Setnik. This book was in black in white harder to see detail , a treasure trove of historic research and more beautiful photographs. Both books emphasize fashion history. Information about the physical properties of photo dating is included. Her credentials are excellent.
Author is a consultant for a museum and graduated with honors in history. Unique photos to possible find the fashion your looking for. Author is a collector of photographs. Excellent source for finding that one garment your looking for and a back up as a second source to what you already know.
Easy light reading and amusing stories.
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