Madame Demorest's Illustration Portfolio of the Fashions for 1880 - Full Catalog - FREE!

Jul 30, 2013 12 comments
It's taken me a little while to work it all out, but I've finally fully digitized this wonderful catalog given to me by a dear friend, so that all may enjoy the glory of Madame Demorest's late Victorian magazine.

Click to go to the magazine in full

The magazine is originally quite large - about 10" x 14", making it difficult to scan or photograph.  I've done a lot of work in restoring the images and damage.  I've tried my best to keep the file size reasonable, but also the text readable, though in some places it will be difficult - the text in the original magazine is about a size 5 type to being with!

I've added links for dress patterns throughout, as well as some books and films I've found useful and inspiring. You can also download the whole thing (sans links) to keep for future reference: download the full PDF from Google Drive HERE (it's big, warning)

Please link and share as much as you like.  I believe this information is at its best serving the international costuming community, so please pass the eBook around!  The link to the online version with resource links is:

The link to the downloadable PDF on Google Drive (no resource links) is here:


  1. Thank you very much, Lauren for this PDF. I'm doing some research about Year 1880 Fashion, it will be very helpful.

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to make this available. These clothes are gorgeous. Such masterful use of buttons, and ruching, and stripes!

  3. Thanks for digitizing the catalogue, and all the work you put in the links too! The pictures are so detailed :)

  4. ¡Oh Dios mio! You're amazing! Thank you very much for this wonderful job!
    Miles de millones, de millones de gracias.

  5. Thank you for sharing! What a great resource!

  6. Thank you!!! Very very nice!

  7. This is a wonderful resource; thank you!!!

  8. Awesome, thanks so much! The 1880s are not really my thing but I love adding new stuff to my collection of research/resources.

  9. I am fascinated by those clips you use to set your hair. What are they called, and where did you find them?


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