Friday, January 17, 2014


Rhea, 1881
Posters from the Library of Congress collection featuring actresses of  the 1880s. Personally, I am enthralled by the figure of Rhea (above) and particularly by the couture, which puts me in mind of John Galliano – an unexpected but decisive resemblance. Those descending bows!

Fanny Davenport, 1881

Jenniebelle Neal, 1881

La Petite, Louise Marguerite, 1884

Lizzie Evans, 1884

Elgie, 1884

Effie Ellsler, 1887

Maxine Elliott, 1889