Ha, get it? March, Spring, har har. Here in Tennessee it has been a laugh, even worse in Virginia and the east coast where I spent the last two weeks, for the Millinery through Time conference (more on that later) and general travel. Thus explains my tardiness, forgive me! It is still March, though, and if you have not yet, do take yourself to Germany, France, and the other fashions of England!
Lucky for you, you will be treated to lots of fun pictures in this edition! Here we go.
Plate 17 - Carriage or Promenade Costume
Plate 18 - Opera Dress
doubt not, that the ladies will furnish me sufficient subject for animadversion. (3)
2. By 1811 we are seeing a bigger surge of colored gowns for any mode of dress, the modern thought that all Empire gowns were white is very inaccurate in this year.
8. Here we are beginning to see the surge of the "gothic" era which leads into the "romantic" era. As the century moves from its first decade into its second (1810 and on) the grecian styles fall away.
A bright permanent Morone (1) printed cambric (2), calculated for the intermediate order of dress (3). This print will admit of repeated washing, without any detriment to its colours. Round dresses and wraps of this article should be constructed quite plain, or with lace cuffs and frills.
A green figured shot sarsnet, adapted for robes, spencers, pelisses, and mantles. The trimmings appropriate to this article are, fancy chinese floss (4), indian gimp (5), and thread lace (6). Jewelry ornaments must consist of diamonds, pearl, satin bead, or white cornelian (7).
A beautiful regency shot sarsnet (8), a most fashionable article, for the same purposes as described in no. 3. The regency helmet cap (9), composed of white velvet or satin, and ornamented with the prince's plume of white feathers (10), is an appropriate and becoming head-dress with robes of this attractive material.
Whew! Some fantastic little insights into the period and its fashion, no? Tune in next month for April, and hopefully a delicious taste of spring, I, for one, am so tired of freezing my little buns off!