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'English Dinner Dress', May 1829

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'English Dinner Dress', May 1829

published by Rudolph Ackermann, published in R. Ackermann's Repository of Fashions
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published 1 May 1829
8 in. x 4 1/4 in. (204 mm x 109 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47639

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Described in issue number 5 of the magazine:
Dress of figured gaze Aerienne. The corsage made to sit tight to the shape, and ornamented at top by a treble row of blonde trimming, finished by a quilling of tulle. Sleeves of crepe-lisse, ornamented by jockeys of the same material as the dress, edged by a narrow rouleau of satin, either yellow or purple, according to the taste of the wearer. The skirt is set on in large plaits round the waist; the trimming formed of the same material as the dress, surmounted by a double row of sagitiatum leaves, confined by a rouleau of satin the same colour as the edge of the leaves. Between the long points of the broad border, bows of gaze Aerienne to match are interspersed. The whole terminated by a double rouleau of satin the same colour as the borders. Toque of white crepe lisse, round which is twined a gold band to cross at right angles. An espray is placed on the right side and another to fall on the contrary side. A broad gold band is placed in the hair to meet in a point on the forehead, where it is joined by a cameo, or a plain gold clasp. Pearl necklace with gold clasps; gold ear-rings and bracelets; white kid gloves; white satin shoes.

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