The Young Ladies’ Journal

The Young Ladies’ Journal (1864-1920) is an illustrated periodical that was marketed specifically to a young, female, middle-class audience. Each month, the YLJ published several fashion supplements that were distributed with its regular magazine issues. These supplements feature illustrated fashion spreads, needlework design and crafting templates, and dress patterns that could be cut out and traced onto fabric. When viewed together, these supplements provide a powerful visual demonstration of the relationship between fashion and consumer culture.

An exhibit by Jenna Mlynaryk. Opened March, 2016.

Enter the Exhibit

YLG cover image