Yesterday I found a cache of images in the public domain on Wikipedia and hope to incorporate some in a few projects milling around in my head. Meanwhile, for those who, like me, are cash strapped but taste-expansive, why not click on some of these images & links -- enjoy the view!
University of Washington Digital Library Collection: Fashion Plates
Koshka the Cat: Fashion Plates
Wikipedia: History of Western Fashion
Godey's Ladies' Book