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'Dinner Dress', March 1829

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'Dinner Dress', March 1829

published by Rudolph Ackermann, published in R. Ackermann's Repository of Fashions
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published 1 March 1829
8 in. x 4 1/4 in. (204 mm x 109 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47644

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Described in issue number 3 of the magazine:
Dress of white satin or gros de Naples; the body made close to the shape, and nearly covered with white tulle drapery, which rises in a fan-like direction from the centre of the waist, and spreads in regular folds across the bosom, displaying the form to much advantage; the back is made in the same manner, and has a narrow band of white satin where it closes; the sleeves are full and short, with the least possible shoulder-straps; the skirt has three plaits on each side in front, and is trimmed with a broad full flounce of tulle, having a stiffened satin band at the edge; it is put on in a straight line, and alternately fastened up and down by white satin corded leaves; ceinture of white satin. Vienna toyne of tulle and white satin, formed of large bows, on loops of folded tulle, standing up very high and open, inserted in a satin band in front, and passing over towards the crown; two bows of broad satin riband are placed on the right side, and bows and ends behind, below two spreading bows of folded tulle. Long white kid gloves stamped; white satin shoes.

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