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'The Fashions'. Walking dress and a useful toilet, November 1862

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'The Fashions'. Walking dress and a useful toilet, November 1862

published by Samuel Orchart Beeton, published in The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, first published in Le Moniteur de la Mode
hand-coloured etching and line engraving, published November 1862
8 1/4 in. x 5 3/8 in. (211 mm x 135 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47998

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Described in the magazine:
Walking Dress. - Left-hand figure - The materials of which this bonnet is composed are black and white tulle, black velvet, and blue ribbon. The front is of black velvet, the soft crown white tulle laid over black, and the curtain black velvet. A piece of broad blue ribbon is arranged over the bonnet, crossed at intervals by narrow bands of blue; and a plume of small black and blue feathers forms the trimming at the top of the chapeau. The bandeau, or inside trimming, consists of a blue bow, surrounded by black grass, and the strings are of the same ribbon as that which trims the outside. The dress is of blue moire antique, trimmed with graduated straps of velvet, edged with a tiny black lace. The bodice is arranged with three points behind and two points in front, and is trimmed with eight straps of velvet of different lengths, rounded at each end, and trimmed all round with lace. The sleeve is cut with a seam at the elbow, and is a shape that is likely to be very popular this winter. It is trimmed on the upper side only, with straps of velvet. A black silk dress, or a black watered silk, or moire antique, arranged precisely like this model, would be both stylish and effective. A linsey, ornamented with bands of silk, and edged with a tiny gimp, would make a pretty, and, at the same tune, a novel and uncommon dress.
A Useful Toilet. - The little cap is composed of white tulle, trimmed with fuchsine velvet, edged with narrow black lace. The dress is of plain black glacé silk, trimmed with thick black silk cord and tassels. The bodice is cut open a little way in front, en coeur (heart-shaped), and finished off round the neck with a little pointed turned-back collar, with a tassel attached to each point. The waist is round, and is worn with a band and clasp. The sleeve is cut with a seam at the elbow, and has a deep turned-back cuff, edged with cord, and laced at the seam with, cords and tassels. The skirt is lull, and very much gored, there being five plain widths and three gored widths in it. It is cut to form a demi-train behind, which will be seen on referring to our plate. The skirt is put on to the bodice in large box pleats, and these pleats are caught together by means of cords, laced across diamond-shaped, and terminating in two tassels.

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Current affairs

The Lancashire cotton famine, a depression in the north-west textile industry brought about by the American civil war, reaches its climax. With large numbers of mills closing after Confederate blockades halted cotton supplies, many Lancashire families were in receipt of relief.

Art and science

Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard carry out the first pasteurisation tests, the process of heating liquids at 55 degree Celsius or higher for short periods of time, destroying viruses and harmful organisms such as bacteria and yeast. .
Victor Hugo's novel Les Miserables is published, covering the Napoleonic wars. It traces the ex-convict Jean Valjean's character against wider questions of social and political justice, duty and love.

International

Otto Eduard Leopold Bismarck becomes Minister-President of Prussia, appointed by Wilhelm I after the liberal Diet refused to authorise funding for a proposed reorganisation of the army. Bismarck, intent on maintaining royal supremacy, engineers the Unification of Germany during his time in office.
John Hanning Speke claims to have found the source of the Nile, proving that the Victoria Nile issued from the north end of lake Victoria, over Ripon Falls.

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