Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Fashions for February 1836

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Loretta reports:

Fashions for the month of February, 1836.
 Of black velvet; the corsage drapé, with short full sleeves. The hat of black velvet with rose-colour feathers and blonde lappets, arranged as a cap with flowers round the face. Zephyr scarf of rose-colour. Earrings and chain of gold, set with carbuncles.

 A Pelisse of green velvet with circular cape, collar of blonde with cherry cravat, bonnet of white plush, trimmed with cherry and a fall of white blond.

 Of white satin, with a small cape of blonde, narrow in the centre and fastened with a bow of riband; short full sleeves and kid gloves. Turban of red and gold tissue, with a bird of paradise and an esprit plume.

. . .
Evening dress robes continue to be cut very low round the bosom, and the majority made with short sleeves. These are now, for the most part, made close to the arm, but with two or three sabots of the same material or else of white tulle, the latter is most fashionable, and certainly it has a very light and pretty effect upon a robe of rich silk or velvet. We see also some sleeves with the first beuffant composed of the material of the dress, and the second in blond or tulle, terminated by a manchette. A third style consists of a single beuffant on the tight sleeve, which is made to descend nearly to the elbow, and ornamented with two ruches of tulle. Long clear white sleeves are also a good deal in request in evening dress ; some are surmounted by small round mancherons of the same material as the robe; others are set into a small tight sleeve of the material of the dress, which descends upon the shoulder.

—from The Court magazine & monthly critic and lady's magazine: & museum of the belles lettres, music, fine arts, drama, fashions, Volume 8, 1836.

*Misprinted as Morning Dress in description.


andrew1860 said...

I just love French fashions from the Romantic period.

Tonya said...

I too love these fashions. Interesting to read about. These elegant gowns cannot compare to what is wore today.

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