Kaleidoscope of Fashion

French fashion in 1920 from La mode féminine

Spring is here, which means sun and warm weather! Perhaps the only drawback to the season is that shedding winter layers means actually having to plan outfits. If you’re searching for inspiration for your spring wardrobe, look no further! We’ve gone through our collection of beautiful fashion prints which will give you that vintage and unique look you’ve always dreamed of. Fashion Plates are illustrations depicting fashionable styles of clothing, and were popular from in the 19th and early 20th centuries, before the more realistic photography fazed them out.

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Asian Gardens at the Phillips Library

Artificial Garden at Japanese Villa

Japanese garden with hillock and trees

Hand colored illustrations of Japanese villa gardens, late nineteenth century (3)

Recently, the Phillips Library had the pleasure of finding beautiful pictures of Asian gardens to display for a group visit. Natural history and Asian art are strengths of the PEM and Phillips Library, so we were able to pull an interesting selection of items. Before these images are put back into the vault, we simply had to share them with the world. The images that were selected here are from Chinese and Japanese gardens.

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The Magic of Winter

jessica jones

Literary Snowflakes

“There is snow in yonder cold gray sky of the morning, and through the partially-frosted window-panes I love to watch the gradual beginnings of the storm.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Snowflakes

A few days before heading out to see my family for Thanksgiving this year, it snowed. Of course, saying it “snowed” might be a bit of a misnomer. After 2015′s snowpocalypse, it was really more of a light dusting. Despite this, the snow was magical nonetheless.

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