Saturday, November 19, 2011

Regency Era Fashion Plate - April 1819 Ladies' Monthly Museum

Regency Era Fashion Plate - April 1819 Ladies' Monthly Museum

The Mirror of Fashion for April, 1819

Walking Dress - A round dress, composed of Pomona-green lustre; the skirt is of a moderate fullness, and gored; it is ornamented round the bottom by a trimming of leaves, composed of green satin and chenille; the latter forms the stalk, the former the leaf. Plain half-high body, which, as well as the bottom of the long sleeve, is ornamented with a narrow wreath of leaves to correspond. Spenser, of Pomona-green satin, made tight to the shape, and very short-waisted; high collar, which stands out from the throat, and is lined with soft white satin. Sleeve, rather tight, and finished at the wrist by a fancy trimming composed of green satin and chenille; this trimming is likewise disposed on the shoulder in such a manner as to form a very tasteful epaulette. Head-dress, a small green satin bonnet, of a new shape; it has a low crown, and a moderate sized round brim, hich stands very much out from the face, and is lined with white satin. A bunch of spring flowers, at the base of which is a green satin bow, ornaments the crown, and it ties under the chin with green satin strings. As this is a morning bonnet, it is usually worn with a lace cornette. Half-boots to correspond, the lower part composed of leather, the upper of stout silk. Limerick gloves.

Evening Dress - A transparent gauze frock over a white satin slip: the skirt of the frock is of an easy fulness, and is ornamented with a trimming of the same material, which is edged with rose-coloured chenille; the fulness of each point is confined by a tuft of the same material. For the form of this trimming, which is perfectly novel, we must refer to our print. The corsage is gauze; it is tight to the shape, and is cut very low round the bust, which is ornamented with two rows of rose-coloured chenille trimming, of a very light pattern. A rouleau of soft white satin is placed between this trimming. The sleeves are short and full; they are confined to the arm by a fancy band of rose-coloured chenille. The front hair is very much parted, so as to display nearly the whole of the forehead; it is disposed in a few light curls, which fall carelessly over the temples; the hind hair forms a cluster of bows, which are brought very high on the crown of the head; the hair is ornamented with a garland of spring flowers, placed on one side, and rather far back. Gloves and shoes, white kid. Both these dresses were invented by Mrs. Smith, of No. 15, Old Burlington-street.

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