Sunday, March 1, 2015

Fashion Month ~ La Belle Assemblee ~ April 1818

Well I had all good intentions to start posting way back in January, but fell on its butt. So let's see how I go starting from today. I'll be posting three times a week as doing one each day just eats into my writing time too much, plus I'm doing a Book in a month from today. I've pledged to write 10,000 words but hope to achieve a lot more.

Please Note: This is true to text of the magazine.


No 1. - Evening Dress

Castillian robe of pearl grey sarsnet, elegantly trimmed with pink satin, interspersed with crape and velvet: the petticoat worn under the dress is finished by a border of fine lace, which just appears below the robe: the sleeves are of fine figured net, with serpentine waves of rolled pink satin, continued close to the wrist, from whence depend two broad frills of blond made to fall over the knuckles. A fichn of the finest net, left open in front, and surmounted by a deep Spanish ruff, standing up à-l' Elizabeth. Crown turban of white satin, net, and pearls, with tassels of the latter material, and crowned near the summit with a wreath of pink fancy flowers. Pearl earrings, white crape fan, and white satin shoes.


No 2. - French Court Dress

White satin petticoat, trimmed round the border with a chevauz-de-frieze of crape, over which is a rich ornament of full blows roses; the sleeves full, and reaching near the elbow, terminating by two full rows of lace: the body made to display the bust, very low behind, and ornamented with crape en chevauz-de-frieze. Train of royal purple or Prussian blue satin, superbly trimmed with fine broad lace, and lined throughout with white satin. The hair dressed round the face in ringlets à-la-Ninon, and entirely divided from the forehead; the hair on the summit of the head raised in two rows of separate braids twisted round with pearls; between these braids is a tiara of gold and pearls, to which are fastened the court lappets of the finest Brussels lace. Earrings and chain necklace of pearls, white satin shoes, and white kid gloves, ornamented at the top with a rich embossment of white satin.

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