Follow the whims of fashion through the 1800s

Here at Makit Fairs, we’re always keen to hear what our exhibitors are up to throughout the year and to share their accomplishments.Felicity J Warnes is an antiquarian bookseller who owns and runs The Old Bookshop in Enfield, London, which has been specialising in costume and fashion books and ephemera for more than 30 years.

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Not content with having more than 20,000 books and magazines – both out of print and new – on the shelves of The Old Bookshop, Felicity has used her specialist knowledge to create her own book, entitled ‘Nineteenth-Century Women’s Fashion’.

In the book, Felicity follows high-style couture trends over a 100-year period from 1800 to 1900, as illustrated in 372 colour photographs of original, hand-coloured fashion plates from her private collection. The 11 chapters (organised by decade) include a brief survey of the subtle changes in clothing design through each decade and a social history of the times. Follow the whims of fashion on this promenade through the 1800s, when high-society women sported beribboned toques and turbans and crinolines, capes, and extravagant sleeves. Based mostly on original French artwork, the fashion plates, which appeared in magazines of the day, also document fashion illustration as an evolving art form, making this book an invaluable resource for historians, scholars, theatre costume designers, artists, and fashion enthusiasts.

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Nineteenth-Century Women’s Fashion’ reflects Felicity’s impressive knowledge of this subject and contains many fashion illustrations that haven’t been seen in the public domain for over 100 years. This is a fascinating insight into the history of costume as documented by those who lived at the time. This book is a ‘must have’ for anyone with an interest in costume or fashion.

If you’d like to find out more about The Old Bookshop, you can browse the online catalogue of approximately 2,300 books at www.fjwarnes.co.uk. From textile photography and illustration to design, pattern-cutting, embroidery, knitting, lace and corsetry, Felicity is a connoisseur whose keen eye and discerning taste makes The Old Bookshop a treasure trove for costume and fashion enthusiasts.

Felicity also sells books through St Cyr Vintage in Camden, North London, as well as a select few fairs throughout the year. It is always a pleasure to welcome here to the Makit Fairs, and we look forward to seeing Felicity at the 2016 LQ&N at Peterborough Arena on Sunday 8th May.

In the meantime, if you would like to order a copy of ‘Nineteenth-Century Women’s Fashion for £29.50 (Hard cover), you can do so via The Old Bookshopwebsite at www.fjwarnes.co.uk, via email to felicity@fjwarnes.co.uk, or by telephone to the bookshop on 0208 366 0722

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