|April 1836 Morning & Evening fashions|
Those who are sick to death of or never warmed up to the gigantic sleeves of the first half of the 1830s will be relieved to learn that sleeves started to show signs of shrinking in the spring of 1836.
During January 1836, we still saw huge sleeves in evening as well as day wear.
By April, fashion is in a transitional phase: The day fashions still boast big sleeves, but evening dresses’ sleeves are starting to be gathered and buckled in or simply streamlined. Not all of them, but it’s a clear trend. I chose this plate, out of the five the World of Fashion and Continental Feuilletons offered for April, because it so clearly shows the contrast. While big sleeves don’t disappear altogether in 1836, they’re dropping lower, and retained mainly for daytime. Outerwear continues voluminous, but the days of big sleeves, clearly, are numbered.
|April 1836 fashion description|
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