Friday, May 20, 2011

Regency Era Fashion Plate - March 1818 Ladies' Monthly Museum

Regency Era Fashion Plate - March 1818 Ladies' Monthly Museum

The Mirror of Fashion for March, 1818

Ball Dress
A Round dress, of India Sacarallie, trimmed round the skirt with six rows of white satin coquings forming a wave, in the hollow of each is placed a rich silver tassel, of the shape of the Scotch thistle. The body and sleeves trimmed with white satin coquings, the latter of which are very full and short. Over this dress is an elegant quadrille robe of silver lama to fasten on the left side, and sloped in front, trimmed with a full quilling of Vandyke muslin, edged with silver; this robe is particularly beautiful, its effect is both graceful and becoming. For its form, we refer our readers to our print.

Head-dress consists of a crown composed of light damask roses and lilies of the valley. White kid gloves, satin shoes, and embroidered fan.

A Lavender coloured tabbinet dress, with a low body, made to fit the shape, and laced in front with a black silk cord and small tassels, in the form of a stomacher. The skirt is moderately full, and ornamented with a double rouleau of lavender satin and black velvet. Between the rouleaus is an elegant embroidery of black velvet leaves, finished by a rich, but narrow edging of lavender silk braid. Over this dress, for the promenade, is worn a lavender coloured satin spencer, richly trimmed with velvet, which is a little deeper behind, and finishes in the form of a handkerchief, something in the Spanish style. High collar and sleeves, of an easy fullness, with cuffs trimmed to correspond. French handkerchief of clear lawn, with a worked frill to stand high. Berlin gipsey hat of fine Ionian cork lined with white satin, and a wreath of wild roses painted on velvet; a rich plume of curled feathers of the cork colour, and a flower of cork composed of wild roses and hops; it is simply tied under the chin with a coloured riband to correspond. This elegant hat is completely water-proof and unchangeable in colour. It is the invention of Miss Macdonald, of 50, South Molton-street, Bond-street, from whom we have received both our dresses this month.

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