Daguerreotypes Reflect Fashion Trends
A collection of daguerreotypes of men, women, and children taken between 1840 and 1860 is analyzed in “My Likeness Taken: Daguerreian Portraits in America” to clarify datable clothing and fashion components. With subjects from among the best-dressed members of society, these portraits — reproduced in full color — reflect the latest fashion developments, trends, and influences. For those interested in photographic and costume history, this is extraordinary material. Many of these images have never before been published, and Severa’s keen analysis adds immeasurably to our understanding of the importance of dress in American society. Read full review.