Today I’ve got another cover from my small collection of Fashionable Dress magazines. As I mentioned earlier, this magazine was primarily a sewing pattern catalog, but it also featured articles on the latest fashions from Paris, the latest information on health and fitness, entertainment news and travel.
Most of the covers were the work of Evelyn Browne, and she also did some illustrations for the inside of the magazine. I have not found any information on her, and it is possible that she was the in-house illustrator for Fashionable Dress. Any information about Ms. Browne is appreciated.
I’ve got to admire Browne’s skill in conveying the feel of the fabric with just the use of contrasting lines. Does anyone else see velvet or velveteen?
And while I find the work to be stunning, I do think the fashion of draping a dead animal across one’s shoulder is a bit bizarre. It is interesting how sensibilities concerning how fur is portrayed has changed. A lot of people have no problem wearing fur even today, but I do think most would balk at wearing a fur complete with head, legs and tail.
Illustrator: Evelyn Browne
Copyright: Not known. The Fashionable Dress Publishing Company (1915-1930) was absorbed by Fashionist in 1931.