Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Regency Fashion Advertisement January 1815

Here is something a bit different and though we are actually in February, I did hope you would not mind.

Imagine the appearance of adverts like this today. How many folks would bother to figure it out.

I must say I puzzled over it for a bit.

It is from Ackerman's repository and it is two advertisements in one.

The first is about fabrics available for purchase, and the second is to remind this manufactures of such goods that they might be permitted to advertise their wares in the Repository as long as they met the standards of "Novelty, Fashion and Elegance".

I wonder what a magazine would have in the quotes today.

Now the main part of the ad, the picture, is somewhere in there amid the allegorial stuff (my computer wants to call it allegorical). If you can find it, it  draws attention to the following:

PS, the numbers in the text relate to the numbers in the picture. No really, it does.

ALLEGORIAL WOOD-CUT, WITH PATTERNS OF BRITISH MANUFACTURES. (Page 57)
NOS. 1 and 2. A new choice pattern for furniture, which admits of the ball fringe, and has a neat and elegant appearance. It is sold by Mr. Allen, No. 61, Pall-Mall.
No. 3. A French striped tabbinet, calculated for morning or domestic wear; and is supplied by George and Bradley, No. 19, Holywell-street, Strand.

No. 4. Silk and cotton toilinette, appropriate for evening or full dress, and worn with a bodice of pink, or white satin, or velvet, has a rich and elegant appearance. This article is furnished us by Kestevens, No. 4, York-street, Covent-Garden.

Naturally the charm of this description, the added bonus is the insight it gives us into the locations of our wonderful purveyors of fabric.

Until next time……...