Journal des Dames et des Modes

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First half of collection of 36 volumes of the Journal des dames et des modes, published between June 1, 1913 and May 20, 1914 (numbers 37-72). Each issue contains 2 unnumbered leaves of advertisements, 8 pages of text (numbered (289)-312; (1)-144; (1)-96, (105)-128), and several plates, which sum to 85 plates in total, numbered 83-167. The "Journal des dames et des modes" was published in Paris by Vaugirard between June 1, 1912 and August 1, 1914. Inspired on an earlier journal of the same title (also known as "La Mésangère", which disappeared in 1839), the "Journal des dames et des modes" appealed to "the curious", lovers of rare editions, who valued fashion journals featuring limited editions with carefully executed fashion illustrations that could be equated to works of art. Each issue of the journal was made up of several texts, including poems, commentaries, and narrations of life in Paris, and hand-colored engravings or pochoir prints, executed in vivid colors and drawn by the leading artists of the day, including George Barbier, Armand Vallée, Léon Bakst, and Umberto Brunelleschi. The combination of writings and illustrations was meant to be a reflection of the cultural atmosphere in Paris at the time, showcasing the best of intellectual, artistic and fashion creations.

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