The foreword tells the history of this collection of photographs -- the creation of 49 mannequin dolls by the Syndicat de la Couture de Paris which were sent in the Gratitude Train exhibit of 1949 to the United States and which are now housed in the costume collection of the Brooklyn Museum. It also gives a brief chronological run-through of the events and trends from 1715 to 1906, the period which the dolls represent, indicating historical as well as fashion changes. The photographs follow, with captions describing the style, materials, and giving credits. There is also a selected bibliography. It is a book for fashion and design classes, for reference and specialized research in fashion detail.