Between 1903 and 1909, the Burr-McIntosh Monthly Magazine featured stunning photographs of female celebrities. Socialites, opera singers, leading actresses–these were the movie stars of their day, women who had the means and motivation to keep up with changing fashions. Their portraits are an invaluable resource for costume historians, as well as re-creationists, historical writers, and artists.

The photographs in this book showcase a wide variety of garments, including evening gowns, day dresses, sportswear, riding habits, and furs, often with fine details of lacework, beading, and embroidery. The subjects are a veritable social register of the time, with family names such as Kennedy, Vanderbilt, and Roosevelt, and legendary stage names such as Lily Langty, Ethel Barrymore, and Anna Held. Whether you are interested in the fashions of a more elegant age, or seeking information on the women who influenced them, Elegant Ladies offers a wealth of primary source material that is sure to please.