Shown here is a timeline of women's high fashion from 1784 to 1970, focusing entirely on
trends in Europe and North America.
Meticulously compiled using a number of historic fashion plates, this timeline showcases
the many shifts in styles that occurred in women's fashion over the course of nearly 200
years, from 1784 to 1970.
While fashion illustrations may not be as widely created or used today, some contemporary
artists continue to keep the craft alive with their dazzling designs and dedication to
documenting today's styles.