Journal des Dames et des Modes, No. 71 (10 May 1914)

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71st issue of the "Journal des dames et des modes", published on May 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 (113)-120), and three plates (numbered 161-163), illustrated by Marie-Madelaine Franc-Nohan, Gerda Wegener, and Victor Lhuer. The fashion section of this issue introduces the different types of hat fashions of the day, from white hats with straw borders and decorated with fruit motifs, to smaller leather hats, while also explaining that trimmings, always so popular in fashion and garments, have abandoned dresses and are now used to decorate bags and accessories.

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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