Journal des Dames et des Modes, No. 60 (20 January 1914)

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60th issue of the "Journal des dames et des modes", published on January 20, 1914. This issue forms part of the second half of a collection of 36 volumes of the Journal des dames et des modes (June 1, 1913 - May 20, 1914, numbers 37-72), and contains 2 unnumbered leaves of advertisements, 8 pages of text (numbered (17)-24), and two plates (numbered 135 and 136), illustrated by Armand Vallee and Jan van Brock. The texts in the issue reveal a new vogue for boots, which have replaced the "cothurnes" previously worn by women on the streets, and criticize women for wearing shirts with low cleavage in the cold weather, especially in evening gowns. The fashion section announces the arrival of Spring hats, decorated with plaid patterns, golden lace, or small flowers.

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, Antoine 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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