Friday, February 25, 2011

Regency Era Fashion Plate - April 1820 Ladies' Monthly Museum

Regency Era Fashion Plate - April 1820 Ladies' Monthly Museum

The Mirror of Fashion for April, 1820

Walking Dress - A Round dress, composed of grey bombasin: the skirt is gored, and moderately wide; it is also longer than they have lately been worn; it is finished round the bottom by two rows of grey satin trimming, of a new pattern, as our readers will perceive by our print; each row is headed by a rouleau of grey satin. The body is high, the waist long, the back plain, and the fronts tight to the shape; the collar is high at the back of the neck, but more shallow before. Long sleeve, rather tight to the arm, finished at the wrist with grey satin rouleaux. The epaulette is composed of grey satin; it is set in very full, and the fulness is divided into puffs by rouleaux of the same material placed megthwise. Head-dress, a grey satin bonnet, lined with white satin; it is worn rather off the face; the brim is of a very moderate size, and the crown low; a rich plume of grey feathers is placed in front of the crown, and it ties under the chin with grey satin strings. Very full white crape ruff, and narrow ruffles of the same material. Gloves and shoes, black kid.

Full Dress - A Round dress, composed of grey crape, and worn over a white satin slip; the bottom of the skirt is ornamented with a fulness of white crape, intersected with a very dark grey silk trimming, laid on in a scroll pattern; two rows of it are placed close together, and two more to correspond above them, at a little distance; this trimming is surmounted by three white crape rouleaux, with a little space between each. The corsage is cut very low, but the back and shoulders are partially shaded by a full white crape ruff, edged with grey, which goes from the front of each shoulder round the back of the bust; the bosom is finished by some narrow folds of white crape; the body is tight to the shape; the waist long; and the sleeve very full and short; it is confined to the arm by a narrow band of the same material as the dress. The hair is dressed very high in a profusion of full bows, intermingled with plaits behind; the front is very much divided on the forehead in full curls, which fall very low on each side of the face. Head-dress, a tiara of pearls, intermixed with white crape roses; it is placed very far back on the head. Necklace and ear-rings, pearl. White silk stockings, white satin shoes, and white kid gloves. We are indebted for both these dresses to Miss Pierpoint, maker of the corset a la Grecque, No. 9, Henrietta-street, Covent-garden.

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