Sep 14, 2011

Fashions for February 1808, La Belle Assemblee

Explanations of the Prints of Fashion

ENGLISH COSTUME

No. 1  The Most Splendid and Elegant Court-Dress


A white satin petticoat, covered with gold spangle scaling, ornamented round the bottom and draperies, with a deep border of white velvet, embroidered in an elegant pattern of gold; and finished with a fringe of the same. Body and train of purple velvet, trimmed with a similar finge; pocket-holes ornamented with a ring gold cord and tassels. Crescent stomacher of gold mosaic, finished with a splendid diamond brooch; front of the sleeves ornamented with the same.

Diamond necklace, earrings and bracelets. Hair a-la-Madona, ornamented with a gold net; confined at the back of the head with a diamond comb and star, from whence  descend court lappets of Brussels lace. Two curled ostrich feathers placed towards the left side. Plain tucker of lace corresponding with the lappets, brought to a point at the centre of the bosom. Shoes of ruby velvet, embroidered and trimmed with gold. Gloves of superfine French kid, worn above the elbow. Fan of carved ivory, with ruby stud; mount of ruby crape, richly embroidered with gold and spangles.


2 comments:

Time Traveling in Costume said...

I can't figure out if she's holding up her dress sideways, or she's walking forward but the upper part of her body is turned away. Weird position.
Val

Aylwen Gardiner-Garden said...

She's started walking but the dress hasn't caught up with her yet :)

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