One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who dresses very fashionably.
- ‘Although some of the more rigid traditions have faded, pressures are still high on women in Japan to be docile fashion plates.’
- ‘One of the editors was very much a fashion plate, and because of her I took my salary every week to a store on Fifth Avenue and put it toward a gorgeous gold brooch that I'd seen in the window.’
- ‘Can it be traced back to a lost bet or a dare among two fashion plates?’
- ‘Brit used to be a fashion plate and whatever she wore was the height of chic.’
- ‘But now that I think about it, Jared wasn't really a fashion plate.’
- ‘She looked like a fashion plate, and your eyes widened when you saw her 3 sets of pierced ears.’
- ‘He embraces his role as a fashion plate and is flattered to be an icon among gays.’
- ‘Now over 80 years old, she remains a Hollywood fashion plate and venerable legend.’
- ‘Jimmie, you're a fashion plate in a world of rock drabness.’
- ‘Not only did no one at the orientation notice my coolness, no one - not even the budding fashion plates - were wearing anything remotely like that shirt.’
- ‘You might have been wondering when the fashion plate and sometime footballer was going to turn up.’
- ‘He was a soap opera-watching fashion plate who tithed half his earnings to Calvin Klein.’
- ‘I mean, you've been discussing her beauty, and whether she was a fashion plate or not.’
- ‘Meanwhile, Alex was a fashion plate while Ellie liked wearing jeans and t-shirts.’
- ‘It's not like I'm a fashion plate by any means, but they are.’
- ‘Lorna turned around to find a petite fashion plate in a power suit.’
- ‘Until her death at age 74, ‘she continued to dress like a fashion plate and apply her dramatic Cleopatra makeup,’ he says.’
- ‘But she was also a bit of a fashion plate and a party girl who didn't know when to stop partying, I guess.’
- ‘Papa sports endless plaid shirts and Mother was a fashion plate in spreading skirts and petticoats.’
- ‘You weren't exactly a fashion plate, but who cared?’
2A picture, typically in a magazine, illustrating a new or current fashion in clothes.
- ‘Grandma will make you skirt like the one in the fashion plates we looked at.’
- ‘The hand-colored fashion plates were also described in the text, and these colors were noted.’
- ‘She to Rivenhouse at noon with some cloth samples and the latest fashion plates.’
- ‘The ensemble was not something you'd see on a fashion plate but it was practical, warm, and weather-proof.’
- ‘It was common for dresses to be made to the client's own patterns; they saw fashion dolls from Paris, and fashion plates in the ladies' magazines, which they copied.’
- ‘At that time, the first fashion magazines, highlighting creations for royal courtiers, appeared and the fashion plate, or picture dedicated to showing the very latest mode, came into existence.’
- ‘Then she turned her attention back to the colorful fashion plates in the magazine.’
- ‘As it is you have brought too many fashion plates for her.’
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