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Expensive and delicate, they became popular for court wear where they were worn upright, and other dress occasions in the 1770s, becoming highly fashionable for evening dress in the '90s. Ostriches were heavily hunted, but by the 19th century the farming of ostriches allowed farmers to pluck the feathers instead of killing the birds.

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'Afternoon Dress for May 1800', published in The Lady's Monthly Museum - NPG D47487

'Afternoon Dress for May 1800'

published in The Lady's Monthly Museum
hand-coloured etching and line engraving, published May 1800
NPG D47487

'Afternoon Dress for June 1800', published in The Lady's Monthly Museum - NPG D47489

'Afternoon Dress for June 1800'

published in The Lady's Monthly Museum
hand-coloured etching and line engraving, published June 1800
NPG D47489

Full dress and Walking dress, January 1805, by R. Sands, published by  Vernor & Hood, published in  The Lady's Monthly Museum - NPG D47490

Full dress and Walking dress, January 1805

by R. Sands, published by Vernor & Hood, published in The Lady's Monthly Museum
hand-coloured etching, published January 1805
NPG D47490

'London Walking & full Dress' by Mack and Bennet, November 1805, published in The Lady's Magazine - NPG D47521

'London Walking & full Dress' by Mack and Bennet, November 1805

published in The Lady's Magazine
hand-coloured etching and line engraving, published November 1805
NPG D47521

'London Morning & Evening Dresses', May 1805, published in The Lady's Magazine - NPG D47526

'London Morning & Evening Dresses', May 1805

published in The Lady's Magazine
hand-coloured etching and line engraving, published May 1805
NPG D47526

'London fashionable full dress', June 1805, published in The Lady's Magazine - NPG D47530

'London fashionable full dress', June 1805

published in The Lady's Magazine
hand-coloured etching and line engraving, published June 1805
NPG D47530

'Spring Fashions for 1806... Walking Dresses in Kensington Garden 1 June 1806', published by John Bell, published in  La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine - NPG D47495

'Spring Fashions for 1806... Walking Dresses in Kensington Garden 1 June 1806'

published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
line engraving, published 1 July 1806
NPG D47495

Anne Townshend (née Montgomery), Marchioness Townshend ('The Marchioness of Townshend in her full Court dress, as worn by her Ladyship, on the Queen's Birth day, 1806'), published by John Bell, published in  La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine - NPG D47498

Anne Townshend (née Montgomery), Marchioness Townshend ('The Marchioness of Townshend in her full Court dress, as worn by her Ladyship, on the Queen's Birth day, 1806')

published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
etching, published 1 March 1806
NPG D47498

'Fashionable walking & full Dress', November 1806, published in The Lady's Magazine - NPG D47523

'Fashionable walking & full Dress', November 1806

published in The Lady's Magazine
hand-coloured etching and line engraving, published November 1806
NPG D47523

'London Fashionable full Dress', February 1806, published in The Lady's Magazine - NPG D47531

'London Fashionable full Dress', February 1806

published in The Lady's Magazine
hand-coloured etching and line engraving, published February 1806
NPG D47531

Walking dress and Full dress, June 1807, by R. Sands, published by  Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, published in  The Lady's Monthly Museum - NPG D47504

Walking dress and Full dress, June 1807

by R. Sands, published by Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, published in The Lady's Monthly Museum
hand-coloured etching, published 1 February 1807
NPG D47504

'Evening & Walking Dresses in August 1807', published by John Bell, published in  La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine - NPG D47508

'Evening & Walking Dresses in August 1807'

published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching and line-engraving, published 1 September 1807
NPG D47508

'A Lady of Quality in the Birth day Court Dress, Jany. 18, 1808', published by John Bell, published in  La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine - NPG D47510

'A Lady of Quality in the Birth day Court Dress, Jany. 18, 1808'

published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching, published 1 February 1808
NPG D47510

Georgiana Charlotte (née Bertie), Marchioness of Cholmondeley ('The Court Dress as worn on his Majesty's Birth Day'), published by John Bell, published in  La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine - NPG D47511

Georgiana Charlotte (née Bertie), Marchioness of Cholmondeley ('The Court Dress as worn on his Majesty's Birth Day')

published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching, published July 1808
NPG D47511

'London Dresses for April', published by Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, published in  The Lady's Monthly Museum - NPG D47517

'London Dresses for April'

published by Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, published in The Lady's Monthly Museum
hand-coloured etching, published 1 April 1808
NPG D47517

'Alcantara Hat & Mantle' (the composition of Mrs. Villars of Lower Gower-street), published by John Bell, published in  La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine - NPG D47542

'Alcantara Hat & Mantle' (the composition of Mrs. Villars of Lower Gower-street)

published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching and line-engraving, published 1 April 1809
NPG D47542

'Evening Full Dress', January 1812, published by John Bell, published in  La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine - NPG D47551

'Evening Full Dress', January 1812

published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching and stipple engraving, published 1 January 1812
NPG D47551

Head-dresses, October 1825, published by Rudolph Ackermann, published in  The Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions, Manufactures, &c - NPG D47578

Head-dresses, October 1825

published by Rudolph Ackermann, published in The Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions, Manufactures, &c
hand-coloured etching, published 1 October 1825
NPG D47578

'Walking Dress', March 1825, published by J. Robins & Co, published in  The Ladies' Pocket Magazine - NPG D47554

'Walking Dress', March 1825

published by J. Robins & Co, published in The Ladies' Pocket Magazine
hand-coloured etching, published 1 March 1825
NPG D47554

'Evening Dress', February 1825, published by J. Robins & Co, published in  The Ladies' Pocket Magazine - NPG D47563

'Evening Dress', February 1825

published by J. Robins & Co, published in The Ladies' Pocket Magazine
hand-coloured etching, published 1 February 1825
NPG D47563