1. A selection of costumes from the Fall 1939 Sears catalog.

    A selection of costumes from the Fall 1939 Sears catalog.

  2. A page of painfully politically incorrect masquerade wear from the Fall 1919 Sears Catalog.

    A page of painfully politically incorrect masquerade wear from the Fall 1919 Sears Catalog.

  3. Suggested Halloween costumes from The Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, October 31, 1914.

    Suggested Halloween costumes from The Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, October 31, 1914.

  4. A variety of cute, nature inspired fancy dress costumes from Ladies’ Home Journal, 1911.

    A variety of cute, nature inspired fancy dress costumes from Ladies’ Home Journal, 1911.

  5. A French maid costume from The Illustrated London News, February 3, 1900.

    A French maid costume from The Illustrated London News, February 3, 1900.

  6. An adorable little girl’s bat costume from circa 1897.

    An adorable little girl’s bat costume from circa 1897.

  7. Woman in Masquerade Costume painted by Frederick H. Kaemmerer circa 1892.

    Woman in Masquerade Costume painted by Frederick H. Kaemmerer circa 1892.

  8. A dragonfly, Japanese themed costume and an allegory of games from La Mode Illustrée, 1887.

    A dragonfly, Japanese themed costume and an allegory of games from La Mode Illustrée, 1887.

  9. An 1887 fancy dress costume from La Mode Illustrée.
She’s a bat. Duh.

    An 1887 fancy dress costume from La Mode Illustrée.

    She’s a bat. Duh.

  10. Allegories and personifications of ideas or places were very popular costumes in the Victorian era. This wonderful costume is a personification of Monte Carlo, the home of Monaco’s famous casinos.
From the 1887 edition of Fancy Dresses Described: or, What to wear at fancy balls.

    Allegories and personifications of ideas or places were very popular costumes in the Victorian era. This wonderful costume is a personification of Monte Carlo, the home of Monaco’s famous casinos.

    From the 1887 edition of Fancy Dresses Described: or, What to wear at fancy balls.