Monday, December 19, 2011

Regency Era Fashion Plate - November 1820 Ladies' Monthly Museum

Regency Era Fashion Plate - November 1820 Ladies' Monthly Museum

The Mirror of Fashion for November, 1820

Walking Dress
A cambric muslin morning dress: the bottom of the skirt is finished by a single deep flounce of the same material, which is headed by a narrow bouillonne of thin jaconaut muslin; the body is high, the back full, and the dress fastens with buttons behind; the waist is rather long, the fronts are plain, and the collar, which is composed of thin jaconaut muslin, puckered to resemble a pine-apple, sits close round the throat, and turning over falls rather low in the neck. The epaulette comes almost half-way to the elbow, and is formed of bands of this kind of puckering put lengthwise, and full puffs of muslin placed between. The long sleeve is rather straight, and is terminated by a rouleau cuff of puckered muslin. The pelisse worn with this dress is composed of deep lavender-coloured gros de Naples, wadded and lined with white sarsenet, and trimmed with a broad band of byas satin, of a bright rose colour; this trimming goes round the bottom and up the fronts, which are fastened with full bows of the same material. The body is tight to the shape, and has a high standing collar. The sleeve is longer and wider than we have recently seen; the upper part is ornamented with two rouleaux of rose-coloured satin, formed into puffs by narrow bands of gros de Naples, and the cuff is composed of a saingle rouleaux to correspond. Head-dress, a cornette composed of British net, with a very full border of narrow lace. The bonnet worn over it is of the same material as the pelisse, and lined with white satin; the crown is of an oval form and rather low; the brim is very deep in front, but sloped at each side so as to be quite shallow at the ears, and is finished with a rouleau of white satin. A full plume of lavender-coloured feathers droops very low on the left side, and rose-coloured strings tie the bonnet under the chin. Triple lace ruff, kid half-boots to correspond with the pelisse, and Limeric gloves.

Evening Dress
A white satin round dress: the bottom of the skirt is finished with a double fall of British blond, which is broad, and of a very rich pattern, with a pointed edge; and is laid on almost plain. A row of tufted white silk trimming of a new pattern forms a heading to each of these flounces, which are placed one immediately above the other. The corsage is tight to the shape, fastens behind, and is of moderate length in the waist, which is cut rather low all round the bust, which is trimmed by a single fall of blond, headed by a rouleau of white satin. A trimming of narrow pointed blond forms a demi-lozenge in front of the bust. The sleeves are a mixture of white satin and lace; the latter is formed into puffs in the form of crescents: the sleeve is very short, and is confined to the arm by a white satin rouleau. A very broad-figured white gros de Naples sash, which is put round the waist in folds, and ties in a bow and long ends behind, finishes the dress. Head-dress, a white satin toque, elegantly ornamented with white pearl lozenges of a square form, and not so low as they have been worn. A pearl tassel depends from the right side, and a superb plume of white ostrich feathers droops from the left. Necklace and ear-rings, pearl. White kid gloves; white satin shoes; and carved ivory fan. We are indebted to Miss Pierpoint, maker of the Corset a la Grecque, No. 9, Henrietta-street, Covent-garden, for both these dresses.

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