Evening and ball dresses, April 1847
Evening and ball dresses, April 1847
published by Elizabeth Henderson, published in The Ladies' Cabinet of Fashion, Music and Romance
hand-coloured etching, published April 1847
7 7/8 in. x 5 in. (199 mm x 127 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
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Described in the magazine:
No. 10. Evening Dress. Spotted straw-coloured gauze robe, over straw-coloured silk; the corsage, cut very low and descending a little in the centre, is trimmed with three full falls of the same. Short tight sleeves. There are three skirts of different lengths, the upper one opening en tunique, and rounded at the corners. The headdress is a toquet of white velours épinglé, the front formed of a diadem of beads terminated by bead tassels.
No. 11. Ball Dress. White tulle robe over taffeta; there are two skirts, the under one bouillonné round the border, the upper one is made very long, but drawn up in full folds all round by eight bands of ribbon, which descend from the waist, forming butterfly bows with floating ends on the folds. A very low corsage, draped en coeur. Short sleeves ornamented with noeuds de page. Headdress of hair, decorated with a wreath of white roses.
No. 12. Evening Canezou. Of application de Bruxelles, breast and waist knot of shaded ribbon.
Subjects & Themesback to top
- Fashion Plates: Activities and occasions - Ball dress
- Fashion Plates: Activities and occasions - Evening dress
- Fashion Plates: Bodices - Corsages à la Grecque
- Fashion Plates: Bodices - Corsages à pointe
- Fashion Plates: Dresses - Double skirts; overskirts
- Fashion Plates: Dresses - En tunique; tunic style
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Gauze
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Silk
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Taffeta; taffety
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Tulle
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Velours épinglé
- Fashion Plates: Hair - Head-dresses of hair
- Fashion Plates: Headwear - Toquets
- Fashion Plates: Lace - Brussels lace
- Fashion Plates: Neckwear - Berthas en coeur
- Fashion Plates: Outer garments - Canezous
- Fashion Plates: Trimmings and ornamentation - Bouillons; puffings
- Fashion Plates: Trimmings and ornamentation - Bows; noeuds; coques; rosettes; choux
- Fashion Plates: Trimmings and ornamentation - Tassels
Events of 1847back to top
Current affairsThe 10 Hours Factory Act passed, regulating working hours for women and children under the age of eighteen to a maximum of ten hours a day.
The Communist League is founded in London, and drew up a set of rules and aims, including overthrowing the bourgeoisie and empowering the Proleteriat, and ending class division, forming the basis of Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto (1848).}
Death and emigration resulting from starvation, plague and disease during worst year of the Great Famine in Ireland, known as Black 47.
Art and scienceA good year for novels: Emily Bronte's passionate, rebellious and gothic Wuthering Heightsis published, followed shortly by her sister Charlotte's 'Jane Eyre, a story of a governess's struggle for liberty from social and gender constrictions. Drawing on a similar vein of revolution and rebellious women, William Thackeray's satirical novel Vanity Fair is serialised.
The Don Pacifico affair sparks an international incident, when the Jewish trader's business was burned in an anti-semitic attack in Athens. When the Greek government refused to compensate him, Gibraltar-born Pacifico appealed to the British government. Foreign Minister Palmerston sent a squadron into the Aegean in 1850 to seize goods of the equivalent value, leading to strained relations with Turkey and Russia, and heated debates in Parliament.
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