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Women's history: Fashion and dress

Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, 1860-1878

Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine

In print: 1860-1878

Online at 19th century UK Periodicals: 1852-1882

Contained serial fiction, articles, essays, biographical sketches, fashions, domestic recipes, poetry, bills of fare for dinner, biography, domestic history of England, gardening, needlework designs. The first paper to be published for women of the middle classes, and particularly the lower-middle classes, and it was the first British women’s magazine to achieve anything approaching mass sales.

More information on the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine.

Lady’s Magazine

In print: 1772-1814; 1772; 1775-1776; 1783-1791; 1793-1795; 1800-1814

Claimed to be written by ladies for ladies, and at the price, aimed at the upper classes. Short stories, serialised fiction, poetry, essays extolling feminine virtues, advice to wives and mothers, recipes (both culinary and medicinal), biographies of historical figures, world geography, domestic and foreign news reports, London and Paris fashions, alongside embroidery patterns for homemade garments.

Lady's Pictorial, 1891

Lady’s Monthly Museum

In print: 1805-1813; 1805-1806; 1810; 1813. 

Online at 19th century UK Periodicals: 1800-1830

Aimed at upper class ladies, and featuring essays, anecdotes, reviews, correspondence, historical sketches, biographies, book reviews, fashion, poetry, serial fiction, celebrated British ladies, arts, and theatre. Merged with Lady’s Magazine in 1832.

More information on Lady's Monthly Museum.

Lady’s Pictorial

In print: 1891

The Lady’s Pictorial was a periodical aimed squarely at middle class women, and a rival to The Queen. It regularly printed articles on the enlargement of women’s sphere, particularly in employment. A large number of women were employed on the staff.

Ladies’ Treasury

In print: 1866-1868; 1876-1881. 

Online at 19th century UK Periodicals: 1857-1895

Ladies' Treasury

Aimed at filling the time of the leisured classes, it featured literature, languages (French and German), dressmaking, literary notices, household management, cookery, millinery, needlework, Parisian gossip, fashions, tales, narratives, brief biographies, poetry, flower drawing, paper flower making, music and drama, notices of new books, notices to correspondents, inquiries and advertisements.

More information on Ladies' Treasury.


The Queen, the Lady’s Magazine

In print: 1890-1892

Aimed at a wealthy audience, featuring fashion, news and stories and weddings, announcements. Similar format and content to Lady’s Pictorial. Heavily illustrated with full length fashion illustrations, as well as lace patterns, children’s clothing, bonnets, hairstyles, and peoples from around the world.


Welsh ballads, 19th century

Ffasiynau merched yr oes hon: Ar y don - "Mentrwch Gwen". s.l.: s.n., n.d. WG35.2.6001

Can newydd ar ddull y ffasiynau yng nghyd ar modd y mae y tylodion ai hymgais y ddilyn ar ol y mawrion yn eu gwisgiadau coeg falchiaidd: Ar don "Robin yn Swil"; Can yr aderyn pur. s.l.: s.n., n.d. WG35.2.5598

Sgubell, Ianto’r. Can y shinons, (chignons,) sef, mwdwlau gwallt y merched: Tôn 'Wait for the waggon', neu 'Hogen Goch'. s.l.: s.n., n.d. WG35.2.6006

Can yn rhoddi hanes y ffasiwn bresenol ag sydd gan y merched ieuainc, pa rai sydd yn addurno eu pennau trwy wisgo y chignon a'r oyster-shell bonnets...: Tôn - "Robin yn Swil". Aberteifi: Agraffwyd gan J.R. James, Swyddfa'r "Herald", n.d. WG35.2.575

Jones, David. Can newydd, yn dangos balchder y merched, gyda eu crinolines: Ton - "Shy Robin"; Can newydd sef ymddyddan rhwng mab a merch o Lan Taf. s.l.: s.n. | n.d. WG35.2.5513

Jones, David. Can newydd, sef, fflangell i falchder: oherwydd fod y merched ieuenc yn gwisgo cylchau oddifewn i'w eu peisiau, er lledanu eu hunain, a thrwy hyny, wneuthur eu hunain yn rhagorach nag oedd eu Creawdur wedi eu gwneuthur. s.l.: s.n., n.d. WG35.2.5142

Balchder y merched a'u Crinolines am danynt: Ton - Robin yn swil; Ymddiddan rhwng mab a merch o Lan Taf. s.l.: s.n., n.d. WG35.2.5505


Digital resources 

Members of Cardiff University may access the digital resource 19th Century Periodicals Online, where the following historical resources on fashion are available:

Ladies' Cabinet of Fashion, Music and Romance, 1832-70

Ladies' Fashionable Repository, 1809-?
…continued as Raw’s Ladies Fashionable Repository, 1829-34
…continued as Pawsey's Ladies Fashionable Repository, 1837-1900

World of Fashion and Continental Feuilletons, 1824-51
…continued as Ladies Monthly Magazine, The World of Fashion, 1852-79
…continued as Le Monde Élégant, or the World of Fashion, 1880-91