Fashions Through the Decades

1850s      1870s      1880s      1890s      1900s      1910s      1920s      1930s      1940s      1950s      1960s      1970s      1980s      1990s Young woman dressed in a suit, c. 1915

This online tour of Fort Collins Fashions focuses on a few selected photographs that portray the clothing styles worn by the community's elite, as well as the clothing worn by the average working family. Most of these photographs were chosen by Leslie Vollnagle in 1993 to be used for her graduate project in Historic Clothing and Textiles at Colorado State University. The Archive's collection of biographical photographs is an excellent resource for historic clothing research projects; and many of these photographs can now be searched on-line.

For more information on historical fashions:
Books on Historical Costume and Dress in the Library
La Couturiere Parisian
Costume History sorted by Period at The Costumer's Manifesto
But Mom, I Have Nothing to Wear Packet B
Fashion History and Costume Eras, Victorians to Haute Couture
Historical Boys Clothing
Identifying Historic Photographs: Clues for Genealogy Researchers OLA Quarterly, Volume 7, Number 4, Winter 2001
The Costume Gallery
Victoriana.Com Articles, The History of the Fashionable Bathing Suit

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery          Poudre River Public Library District
Preserving the history of Fort Collins, Colorado & the Cache la Poudre region