Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ackermann's Fashion Month ~ Saturday - February 1810

I'm running a tad late today. The Fashion for Ladies and gentlemen come from the February 1810 edition of Ackermann's Repository of Arts.


A purple velvet round robe, with demi-traine and long sleeves; bordered round the bottom; bosom and wrists with narrow gold lace. A Spanish hat, composed of purple silk or velvet, the same as the robe, looped up the front with brilliants, and ornamented with curled ostrich feathers. A capuchin cloak of white satin, trimmed entirely round with full swandown. Diamond chain and cross; drop ear-rings and bracelets of the same; gold chain and opera glass. Grecian slippers of white satin, trimmed with silver.

            A round robe of white or coloured crape, imperial net, or muslin, with white satin bodice, trimmed with gold or silver, or a border of small flowers. A wrapping mantle of fawn-coloured satin, trimmed entirely round with swandown. Necklace, ear-rings, and bracelets of pearl. Hair in dishevelled curls, confined with diamond comb, and ornamented with Persian wreath of blended pearl and amethysts. – Slippers of fawn-coloured satin, with silver clasps. Opera fan of carved amber.


Great-coats. – Great-coats are in general worn of olive, olive brown, dark bottle green superfine cloth, or superfine Bath coating; single breasted, with three or four straps in front; cross-flaps, and the pockets outside, under the latter; a small flap in the plaits, pointed with three buttons; round cuffs; the collar to come up high in the neck and padded; the fall-down collar only an inch and a half deep. The waist is worn long, three inches below the hip-bone, and the skirts must reach to the bottom of the calf.

The leaders of the haut ton appear at the Opera in great-coats edged with Russia lamb-skin, with cuffs, collar, and lappels of the same, and loops in front; made after the Polish fashion, and lined throughout with silk serge.

Morning-coats. – The most fashionable colours for morning-coats are olive, or olive brown, and blue. Like the preceding, they are long-waisted, but must not be longer than two or three inches above the knee, according to the size of the wearer. The lappels come down very low, that is to say, to the hip-button; pockets outside, under the cross-flaps; small (or habit size) plain gilt buttons; five holes in the lappels to button all the way up; French riding sleeves, with three large buttons; the collar to come up high; the fall-down an inch and a quarter deep, according to the height of the collar.

Waistcoats. – The prevailing colours for waistcoats are white, India rib patent green print, buff, with blue or black stripes, wide asunder. They are bound with black or blue silk galloon, double-breasted, with five or six holes, according to the length, to button all the way up.

Pantaloons. – are of blue or drab-coloured stockings, figured. For the breeches, drab colours are in the highest request; they are made to come down low under the knee.

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