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'Dinner Dress', August 1829

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'Dinner Dress', August 1829

published by Rudolph Ackermann, published in R. Ackermann's Repository of Fashions
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published 1 August 1829
8 in. x 4 1/4 in. (204 mm x 109 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47646

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Described in issue number 8 of the magazine:
A round dress composed of lemon colour gros d'eté, corsage carrée, cut very low and made to sit close to the shape. Sleeve extremely short and full, confined to the arm by a narrow rouleau, and puffed out very much on the shoulder. The skirt is finished by two very deep biais folds, each surmounted by a wreath of mingled roses and wild flowers, embroidered in coloured silks. Canezou of white gaze d'Ispahan; the corsage is made to the throat, but without a collar; it is of an easy fulness. The sleeves are à l'Imbécille; they are the same width as last month, but the wristbands are rather narrower. Head-dress, a crape hat of a colour just introduced, called Malvina; the brim is deeper than the hats of last month, but not so wide; the crown something higher; a rouleau of pale blue satin edges the brim, the inside of which is ornamented with coques of broad blue and rose colour gauze riband; the crown is trimmed with noeuds of riband intermingled with short plumes à l'Inca, and a long white ostrich feather, which issues from one of the noeuds, and falls over the brim on the left side; the brides flow loose. Gold ear-rings of the pear form; necklace à l'Espagnole of wrought silk, fastened at the throat by a gold and ruby clasp, a ruby heart confines it at the centre of the bosom, and a massive gold cross is suspended from it in the ceinture; bracelets of wrought silk with massive gold clasps; white gros de Naples slippers; white kid gloves.

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