Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fashions for January 1808

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Loretta reports:

Sharp-eyed readers will note the date of La Belle Assemblée provided below.  Unlike the other ladies' magazines, each monthly LBA provides fashions for the following month.  Thus, the fashions for January 1808 appear in the December 1807 issue.  I thought these were especially interesting, with the curious method of wrapping the scarf on one and the construction of the velvet wrap in the other.  The fashions for January included a ball dress in black and white, which I'll put up later in the week at my other blog as a Color-Your-Own.
A round cambric gown, a walking length, with short full sleeve, and puckered cuff, buttoned or laced down the back, and made high round the neck, with a full frill of lace. A military stock, edged round the chin with the same. A figured Chinese scarf, the colour American green, twisted round the figure in the style of antique drapery. Melon bonnet the same colour, striped, and trimmed to correspond with the scarf. Hair in irregular curls on the forehead. Earrings of gold or topaz. Long York tan, or Limerick gloves, above the elbow. Slippers of yellow Morocco. This dress, divested of the bonnet, is considered genteel neglige for any period of the day.
A simple breakfast robe of Indian muslin, or cambric; with plain high collar, and long sleeve. Plain chemisette front, buttoned down the bosom. A Calypso wrap of morone velvet, or kerseymere, trimmed entirely round with white ermine, or swansdown. Spanish hanging-sleeve, suspended from the back, and falling over the left shoulder, terminating in a round, point below the elbow. This ornament is lined throughout with skin the same as the trimming. A mountain hat of white imperial beaver, or fur, tied under the chin with a ribband the colour of the coat. Gloves and shoes of American green, or buff. Cropt hair, confined with a band, and curled over the left eye.
La Belle Assemblée, Volume 3, 1807


Vinery said...

I love the colour combinations in these fashion plates. It would never occur to me to pair yellowish gloves with a white dress and blue scarf, but the result is beautiful.

Nancy said...

That blue is called American Green. Sometimes I wish we could really know what colors were.
I do not know where you find all these treasures but appreciate your doing so.

Portland Chimney Repair said...

Your blog is great and I am one of your avid followers. Happy new Year!

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