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French Fashions, August 1829. 'Morning Dress. Public Promenade Dress'

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French Fashions, August 1829. 'Morning Dress. Public Promenade Dress'

published by Rudolph Ackermann, published in R. Ackermann's Repository of Fashions
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published 1 August 1829
8 1/2 in. x 5 1/4 in. (215 mm x 133 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47649

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Also published in La Belle Assemblée on 1 August 1829 with a different description. Described in issue number 8 of R. Ackermann's Repository of Fashions:
Morning Dress. A gown of rose-colour cot-pali, corsage carrée cut very low round the bust, and to fasten behind. Short and very full sleeve. The skirt is finished by a hem that reaches to the knee, and is surmounted by two rouleaux of gros de Naples, a shade darker than the dress. Fichu of white lace, fastened behind, and embroidered in detached sprigs of foliage at regular distances round the bust. Collarette composed of four rows of white lace, arranged in dents de loup. The canezou worn with this dress is of plain India muslin; it is made very low on the shoulders, crosses in front in the fichu style, and ties behind in the centre of the waist, in short bows and ends. Sleeve à l'Imbecille of the usual fulness, finished at the wrist by a single bouillon, and a narrow cuff; and on the shoulder by a winged epaulette consisting of two falls, which, as well as the wrists and the fronts, are bordered by narrow pointed Mechlin lace of extreme fineness. Head-dress, a bonnet of rice straw; the brim is as deep but not so wide as last month: a full fluting of rose-colour gauze riband is arranged on the inside of it, next the face; the fluting is terminated by strings which are left loose. Noeuds of rose-colour gauze riband, intermingled with exotics, decorate the front of the crown. Yellow gloves; bottines of green gros des Indes; green parasol of a large size.
Public Promenade Dress. A gown of sea-green gros d'eté; the corsage made up to the throat, and ornamented en coeur with folds which turn over en schall; they are edged with narrow scolloped trimming. These folds are arranged on the back and front, so as to form a complete heart; and being open on the shoulder, they form an epaulette. Long sleeve, extremely full, but not falling over the hand, terminated by a very novel and original cuff, called à la Dauphine. We must refer our fair readers to our print for the shape of this cuff. The fulness of the skirt is more than usually thrown behind; the plaits at the sides being shallow, and not coming so forward as usual. The trimming consists of a Grecian border, formed by a rouleau of satin edged with a scolloped volant: this is surmounted by two rouleaux laid close together. Collarette, a double quilling of blond lace, put on so as partially to display the throat. Bonnet-cap of the demi-cornette shape, the border is of blond lace and very full. Chapeau demi-capote of Leghorn, ornamented under the brim on each side, with noeuds of lilac and white striped riband, intermingled with blond lace. The crown is trimmed with noeuds of gauze riband and white ostrich feathers, the latter falling in different directions. Gold ear-rings, and massive gold necklace, to which is suspended a gold enamelled flaçon of the antique form; lemon-coloured kid gloves, embroidered in coloured silks: bottines of jaune vapeur gros des Indes.

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