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'Ball Dress, Dinner Party & Childs Dress', September 1829

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'Ball Dress, Dinner Party & Childs Dress', September 1829

by William Hopwood, published by George Byrom Whittaker, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching, published 1 December 1829
8 1/2 in. x 5 1/4 in. (216 mm x 133 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47650

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Described in the issue for September 1829, where the image was also reproduced:
A Dinner Party Dress. A dress of gros de Naples of a bright, rich red, between the ruby and the amaranth, trimmed at the border of the skirt with black pluche-de-soye, or with velvet, of a light and silky texture. The corsage is made plain to fit the shape, and is encircled by a belt of black velvet. The head-dress consists of a béret of black satin, tastefully ornamented with white ribbon, with satin stripes, the colour of the gown. Feathers of the bird of paradise are disposed with much elegance, in detached plumage beneath the brim, whence they take a spiral direction towards the summit of the béret.
Ball Dress. Over a white satin slip is a dress of white tulle, or crêpe-aerophane, with a broad trimming at the border, of a novel kind, in honey-comb, of the same material as the dress. This trimming is remarkable for its lightness as for its beauty: it is surmounted by detached bouquets of Provence roses. The body is made plain, and the sleeves short and full. A beautiful bouquet of roses, with a few sprigs of myrtle, is placed on the right side of the bust. The hair is arranged in ringlets, and slightly adorned with flowers, or with jewellery ornaments.
A Child's Dress. A frock of white India muslin, richly embroidered at the border, with pantaloons of the same. The corsage à l'enfant, with short sleeves, and a bow of blue ribbon on each shoulder: a blue sash completes this simple and appropriate costume.

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