Journal des Dames et des Modes, No. 68 (10 April 1914)

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68th issue of the "Journal des dames et des modes", published on April 10, 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 (81)-88), and two plates (numbered 154 and 155), illustrated by Marie-Madelaine Franc-Nohain and Jan van Brock. The issue includes commentaries on the variety of necklines present in contemporary female dress, and a renewed fashion for bracelets, often decorated with diamonds and crystals, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and other colored stones. The fashion section of the issue reveals a variety of shapes of capes in fashion, also made with different types of fabric, new types of skirts, including shorter versions for dancing, straw hats, and suede gloves decorated with small stones.

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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