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Banner in the foyer of the Chester Beatty Library.

Introduction panel.

Over 100 original drawings are on display.

Exhibtion ends in March 2014.


Costumes Parisiens, The Chester Beatty Library


One hundred years after the publication of the fashion magazine Journal des Dames et des Modes (1912-1914), the Chester Beatty Library opened an exhibition featuring almost 150 of the Journal’s unique fashion illustrations, known as Costumes Parisiens. In 1912, while the first plates were under production, Chester Beatty was negotiating the purchase and renovation of Baroda House, London. The following spring, Beatty set sail for England, accompanied by his children and soon to be second wife, Edith Dunn Stone. New York society acclaimed Edith as one of the ten most beautiful women in America. Beatty and Edith shared a love of art and ancient literature and she encouraged his evolving collecting practices. It was likely the fashion conscious Edith who prompted him to acquire this fashion magazine.



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