Monday, March 7, 2011

Carriage dress for March 1814

Monday, March 7, 2011
Loretta reports:

This week I thought we could look at the changing fashion silhouette of the first third of the 19th century.  We'll start with the year before Waterloo, then move into the early 1820s, then on to 1830.

MARCH 1814

A white cambric robe, with full long sleeves, unornamented at the feet.  Deep double Vandyke frill of lace, tied with a white cord and tassel at the throat; a deep Vandyke cuff of the same.  The Austrian shawl cloak, composed of pale dove-coloured cloth, lined throughout with rose-coloured satin or sarsnet, trimmed entirely round with a broad sable fur; a fancy cape or hood terminating in front of the bosom, and tied with a rose-coloured ribbon.  A Circassian turban cap, composed of crimson velvet, ornamented with tufts of rose-coloured satin; a rich silk cord round the edge, terminated on one side with correspondent tassels.  Hair in full curls on each side, much divided in front of the forehead.  Half-boots of crimson velvet.  Gloves of lemon-coloured kid, or pale tan colour.

—Rudolph Ackermann, The Repository of arts, literature, commerce, manufactures, fashions and politics, 1814.


Mme.Tresbeau said...

How lovely! Such beautiful, under-stated colors!

LorettaChase said...

I love the quiet elegance and the graceful drape of the garments. By the next year, clothes begin to look more structured. Wednesday I'll show what happened nine years later.

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