Monday, October 31, 2016
Half Dress, from Ackermann's October 1815
A GOWN of lilac sarsnet, cut low round the bust, which is trimmed with pink ribbon, disposed so as to form a wreath;
the shape of the back is marked by bands of pink, and a large bow in the French style, ornaments the middle of it at the bottom.
The back is full; a plain light front forms the shape in a most becoming manner.
Long full sleeve, composed of clear muslin, trimmed at the wrist with a single row of lace, and finished by a pink bow.
Fichu to correspond, very full trimmed round the throat with lace. The bottom of the skirt is edged with pink, and trimmed with a single flounce of blond lace, set on very full, and surmounted by a wreath of French roses.
Cornette composed of tulle, finished by a quilling of blond round the face, and fastened by a pink bow under the chin; a bow to correspond ornaments it on the forehead, and a bunch of flowers is placed very far back on the head. The style of this cornette, though French, is so simply elegant and becoming, that we have not for some time seen any half-dress cap to equal it.
Plain gold ornaments. White kid gloves, and white kid slippers with pink rosettes.
Well, despite the hyperbole, I don't thing I would be caught dead in the cornette. What about you?
Until next time.......
Thursday, October 20, 2016
The description follows:
A white British net dress over a white sarsnet slip; the dress is trimmed round the bottom with a deep flounce of lace, surmounted by a wreath of roses, immediately above which is a rollio of white satin. This trimming is uncommonly tasteful and striking.
The body and sleeves are of the same material as the dress; the former is full, and cut in a very novel style: a quilling of blond lace goes round the bosom, which comes high at the sides, but is sloped very much just in front.
A small bouquet of moss roses shades the bosom and gives an elegant finish to the dress.
The sleeve, short and extremely full, is divided into compartments by rollios of satin.
Head-dress a wreath of moss roses, fancifully intermixed with corn-flowers; the hair very becomingly dressed in light loose ringlets on the forehead, and moderately high behind.
A superb white lace scarf, thrown round the shoulders, partially shades the back of the neck.
Necklace, ear-rings, and bracelets, pearl. White satin slippers and white kid gloves.
We are indebted to the condescension of a lady of distinguished rank for both our dresses this month.
Until Next Time
Monday, October 17, 2016
Which is something you would wear around the house.
I this it is very pretty. This one I want for one of my characters.
It is from the September fashions for 1816 from Ackermann's. Here is the description:
A STRIPED sarsnet gown, very richly trimmed round the bottom with a flounce of deep work, finished with a heading: a second flounce is set on at some distance; which is much narrower; it is also finished with a heading. Bows of Pomona green ribbon ornament the skirt a little above the flounce.
The body is cut very low; it is full. The sleeve is long, very loose, and fancifully trimmed with bows of Pomona green ribbon to correspond with the trimming of the skirt; the sleeve is finished by a very novel and pretty cuff of pointed lace.
Fichu a la Duchesse de Berri, composed of white lace, which comes very high; but though it shades the neck in the most delicate manner, it does not by any means give an idea of dishabille; on the contrary, it might be worn in full dress.
Hair cropped, and dressed in very full curls in the neck, and very full on the forehead.
Striped kid slippers to correspond with the dress. White kid gloves.
Necklace white cornelian, with a small gold cross. Ear-rings white cornelian.
There is lots of information here for the avid dresser of Regency ladies, from colours to jewels to lace and trimmings. I really like this gown. What about you?
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
EVENING DRESS - August 1816 from Ackermann's.
You will not that we are presented with the back of the gown for some reason. Perhaps because of the way it is gathered. It is exceedingly low i n the neckline.
A GOWN of white soft satin, cut low all round the back and bosom.
The skirt gored, and a good deal of fullness thrown behind.
The body, which is disposed in small plaits, displays the shape, as our readers will perceive by our print, to a very great advantage; it is trimmed round the bosom with a wreath of small white net roses, with a little tuft of pearl in the heart of each.
Long loose sleeve, composed of white lace, and finished a la Parisienne with a rich double frill of lace at the wrists.
The skirt is ornamented, in an exquisitely tasteful style, with a broad flounce of rich blond, surmounted by wreaths of roses and deep scollops of white net, the points of which are finished by bows of white satin ribbon. The effect of this trimming is uncommonly beautiful.
Hair, cropped and curled full in the back of the neck, and dressed light, and much parted on the forehead: it is ornamented with a superb white ostrich-plume, at the base of which is an aigrette of diamonds. Neck-lace, ear-rings, and bracelets also of diamond.
White satin slippers, and white kid gloves.
I thought this comment by Ackermann's in the same month interesting enough to add it here.
We see, with pleasure, ladies of distinction give liberal encouragements to English manufactures; and it is but justice to our own, that the productions of our own looms may vie with those of any other country. Our imitations of China crape and French silk, both for dresses and scarfs, are now universally adopted; the former in particular are uncommonly good.
Did you see Poldark last night. The comment about acres of bosom being all the fashion. I thought of that remark when I saw this gown.
Until next time........