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SPRING AND SUMMER FASHIONS FOR 1865.
FURNISHED BY MESSRS. CARTER, KIRTLAND,. & CO., MANUFACTURERS AND
JOBBERS OF CLOTHING, NO. 340 BROADWAY, NEW YORK.
GENTLEMEN'S SPRING AND SUMMER FASHIONS FOR 1865.
THE above engraving will convey a
fair idea of some of the styles which Messrs. CARTER, KIRTLAND & Co. have
projected for their spring jobbing business. No better evidence can be afforded
of the stability and confidence of the country during a prolonged war than the
steady, quiet progress of the various branches of industry and trade. The
Clothing Trade has participated to the fullest extent in the general activity.
The wholesale clothing business
rests upon a permanent and enduring basis. Intelligent capitalists have so
developed it that it now occupies the first business rank, vying in importance
with any of the
great commercial or industrial
interests of the age. But its successful prosecution requires a peculiar
combination of talent. Long experience in the trade, thorough knowledge of the
wants and tastes of the public, skill in designing the patterns, and rare
business talents are indispensably necessary to success ; and to these must be
added large capital. Messrs. CARTER & KIRTLAND have every department of the
business under the strictest supervision, and such confidence and satisfaction
is felt in their productions that the most fastidious find them as elegant and
serviceable as the best custom work. A variety of circumstances conspire to vary
the fashions of succeeding seasons, but generally every new year marks an
improvement. The styles for 1865 which we instance will be found
far more acceptable, in
simplicity and elegance, to the public than those of previous years. The same
improvement may also be seen in the materials made up by responsible houses. So
much taste would be uselessly bestowed upon flimsy fabrics. The same judgment
which impels the clothiers to design superior patterns suggests the embodiment
of them in fine and durable cloths.
PARIS FASHIONS FOR FEBRUARY.
FOR full dress, the 1865 season
is characterized by a marked preference, as to color, for black, violet, and
black and white robes. The femmes elegantes have adopted the black and white
with such tenaci
ty that the combination may be
expected to take its run through all the capitals that look toward Paris for the
indication of its choice. Such toilets, although a little sombre, are refreshing
after the extreme richness of color which predominated during the last year,
when glaring attraction was often obtained at the sacrifice of good taste.
Passementerie ornaments have
resumed their importance for the trimmings of dresses, in the ornamentation of
which an excessive luxury is once more displayed. In many instances it is the
most costly portion of the toilet.
The present style of bonnets and
head-dresses simplifies their description. The fanchon is the taste of the day,
and is so small as to appear altogether diminutive in the presence of a lady's
FASHIONS FOR FEBRUARY, 1865.