Full Dress

Full Dress, Overview

Full dress would have been the most formal of all evening wear, for both men and women. Full dress was worn only for very formal occasions, such as a ball or a formal reception or party. For women, prints labeled “Evening Dress” or “Ball Dress” would fall under the umbrella of Full Dress....

Ball Dress, September 1798

"Head-dress à la Niobe. The front hair cut short and combed straight; the sides in large loose plaits, turned round the head in the form of a bandeaux; part of the top thrown over the clasp in curls, the rest of the hair combed smooth, and finished behind in a bow....

Full Dress, February 1799

" It consists of white muslin, trimmed all round with crimson and silver. Sash of crimson velvet, tied in a loose bow on one side and trimmed to correspond. Cap of crimson velvet, with silver ornaments."...

Evening Dresses, July 1799

"Muslin round dress, trimmed round the neck with lace; loose, full sleeves, and white or colored satin bands at the bottom; silver band round the waist. The hair drawn close up behind, and large curls or folds on the top, interwoven with a silver bandeau, with two large ostrich feathers....

Evening Dress, October 1799

"The front and side hair cropped; part of the crown in bandeaux, and the hind hair turned up plain, returned in ringlets, and tied at the top with two strings of pearls; bandeau of orange and silver tissue riband. Orange-coloured military feather on the right....

Full Dress and Morning Dress, April 1800

"Body and drapery of pink muslin or crape, with a long train of white muslin, drawn for dancing through the pink drapery, sleeves of black lace. Petticoat of white sarsnet...

Full Dresses, June 1801

"The Egyptian dress made of white and buff-coloured muslin. The buff muslin forms a drapery which is fastened on the right shoulder with a clasp...

German Evening and Walking Dress, January 1803

The walking dress in this print includes a fabulous fur muff, my favorite Regency accessory, as well as a brightly striped lining to the dark pelisse. The same striped fabric is featured on the bonnet. The evening costume includes an overdress or robe that appears to be trimmed in white fur or swansdown....

French Evening Dress, March 1803

The bodice is made of white lace, with a short ruffle beneath the bosom. The sleeves are quite long, with loose cuffs hanging low on the hand...

Full Dresses, June 1803

"A short robe and petticoat of white crape over white sarsnet, the petticoat made very long and trimmed round the bottom with silver chefs; the robe made short in front, with a handkerchief corner behind...

Full Dresses, February 1804

"A Turkish robe of fine, plain, or worked muslin; turban sleeves. A Mamaluk turban, ornamented with beads, and a white ostrich feather. White shoes...

Full Dresses, March 1805

"A short dress and train of fine muslin, embroidered all round with gold. The hair dressed with a diamond bandeau, and white ostrich feathers...

Installation Full Dresses, May 1805

"Morning installation dress of royal purple and silver. The sleeves and back of white and silver silk, the sleeves festooned and ornamented with diamonds. The hair dressed with a bandeau of diamonds and white feathers....

Promenade and Ball Dress, June 1805

"A dress of white muslin, made plain over the bosom, with short sleeves; a cloak of apple-blossom silk, trimmed with deep white lace. A white satin hat trimmed with crape...

Half-Mourning Evening and Walking Dresses, October 1805

"A dress of black crape over white sarsnet, the dress made very long, and trimmed and ornamented with black velvet and bugles; a tucker of the same, drawn over the bosom...

Full Dresses, April 1806

"A loose robe of undressed crape over a dress of white satin, or sarsnet, embroidered all round with silver; the sleeves quite plain and embroidered to correspond with the dress. A tiara of silver or steel, adorned with gems or cornelians....

Evening Full Dress, February 1807

"Evening Full Dress for Gentlemen is composed of a dark double-breasted blue coat, ornamented with basket or plain gilt metal buttons; the coat made lapelled, and with pocket flaps at the side, but the pockets put in the plaits behind. A white quilting marseilles waistcoat, single-breasted; the collar to rise tolerably high,...

Full Dresses, March 1807

"A dress of white crape over a white satin slip; the dress made very low in the back, and laced with white satin ribband; the sleeves full and laced to correspond with the back...

Morning and Evening Dress, May 1807

"Full Evening Dress for Gentlemen consists of a blue coat, lappeled, flat gilt buttons, and black velvet collar; or a dark silver or brown coat, lappeled, covered buttons, and collar of the same cloth...

Walking Dress and Full Dress, August 1807

"White dress of cambric, with a transparent sleeve buttoned up the arm; buff gloves; bonnet of pink silk; an outside dress ornamented with tassels at each corner...

Evening and Walking Dresses, September 1807

"A round train dress of India muslin embroidered in a fancy border of needle-work at the feet. The stock bosom, ornamented with white beads...

Evening Dresses, March 1808

"Plain muslin dress, embroidered round the bottom, sleeves, and tucker to correspond; a fashionable silk mantle; head-dress the same colour; white kid gloves...

French Ball Dress, April 1808

This is one of my favorite French prints because is shows such lovely movement. I find a lot more movement and action in French fashion prints than in British prints. Since a ball dress was meant to be seen while dancing, it seems appropriate to illustrate how the dress would look while moving through the steps of a dance....

Evening Dress and Riding Dress, September 1808

"A round dress of white Imperial sarsnet, or Italian crape, with a Roman tunick or amber satin, or Chinese silk. Antique stomacher, shirt folded sleeve, and rosette trimmings. Hair disposed in alternate bands and curls, with a long corkscrew ringlet falling from the left temple on the shoulder....

Promenade and Full Dresses, September 1808

"An Indian muslin dress, with flat satin springs, made high in the back, and brought in a horizontal line round the bosom; it has a hanging collar sewed on to the back and fastened in the front with an antique broach...

Evening Dresses, January 1809

"A short dress of very fine Indian muslin; the bosom formed entirely of lace; the sleeves, front, and bottom of the dress, slashed, with fine lace drawn through in puffs...

Evening Full Dress, January 1809

"A white satin Spanish hat, with a diamond loop and Spanish plume; diamond ear-rings and necklace; the fair full, in ringlets; a white satin dress, full-trimmed with blue velvet...

Evening Full Dress, April 1809

"A Spartan robe, with demi-train, of pale blue or grey crape, worn over a white satin slip, ornamented round the bottom and up the front and back seem with gold or silver lace; triangular front, back, and sleeves, formed of the same trimming, and terminating on each shoulder with a topaz or gold brooch...

Ball Dress, May 1809

"White satin slip, under a crape dress, made to fit the figure very exactly, cut open in front, and bound all round with white satin ribbon and a row of beads...

Concert Room Full Dress, December 1809

"A Polanese dress of green and yellow doubled twilled sarsnet; worn over a drapery of rich white lace, with long sleeves; confined at the bosom, the waist, and on the arms by topaz brooches...

Evening Full Dresses, March 1810

"Evening Full Dress. A white satin round dress, with half yard train, laced up the back and seams with gold twist, ornamented round the neck with a full twill of frosted satin or white crape, and down the front and at the wrist with gold braiding, and small drop buttons...

Evening or Opera Dresses, April 1810

"The erect figure represents a female in a robe à la Russe, of spring green velvet, with appliquéd stomacher and slashed long sleeves of white satin, ornamented with pearl....

Evening Dresses, April 1810

"A robe of amaranthus figured sarsnet, made to sit high in the neck, with a full cuff of lace; long sleeves with short loose tops trimmed with swansdown. A turban of amaranthus crape and velvet....

Full Dress, June 1810

"A round robe, with long sleeves, and demi-traine of white gossamer, or white crape, over a pink satin slip. The Maria Louisa pelerine of the most delicate French net...

Evening Mourning Dress, December 1810

"A convent robe of black gossamer gauze, with demi-train and short sleeves, ornamented round the bottom, up the front, and on the bosom and sleeves, with a checkered trimming of black bugles, or steel...

Evening Dresses, January 1811

"A French frock, with demi-traine of black imperial gauze, worn over a slip of white sarsnet or satin; the bottom, bosom, and short sleeve ornamented with a Vandyke border of white velvet or thread lace. A white velvet or satin hat, ornamented with two curled ostrich feathers,...

French Evening Dress, February 1811

I love all the detail in this print, especially the paisley shawl and the paisley detail along the bottom of the dress. The dress is made of cashmere, a nice warm outfit for a winter evening. It may be hard to see online, but the hairdo is also wonderfully detailed, with intricate braiding along with the pearls and flowers....

Evening Full Dress, May 1811

"A robe and petticoat of white satin, with short sleeves, trimmed with green or yellow chenille; over which is worn a light green drapery of crape, fastened on the left shoulder with an amber or cornelian brooch...

Ball Dress, June 1811

"A frock of white crape, ornamented with white satin in a leaf pattern, the bottom of the dress trimmed with pale French roses and a plaiting of green and root-coloured ribband mixed...

Evening Dress, October 1811

"A sea-green crape dress, vandyked round the petticoat, and ornamented with large beads; a full drapery over the shoulders and confined in the back with a pearl band, ornamented round the neck and down the back with beads....

Evening Dress, March 1812

"A round robe of white imperial crape, or gossamer net, worn over white satin; short Spanish pointed sleeves, caught up in the center of the arm with pearls or white beads...

Evening Dress, July 1812

"A pale willow green, shot with white, or plain white gossamer satin slip, with a demi-train fringed with silver; short close sleeves the same as the slip, terminated with rows of scallops. Short Grecian robe of white crape, embroidered and fringed with silver;...

Gala Evening Dress, July 1812

"A robe of Imperial blue sarasnet, shot with white, with a demi train, ornamented with fine French lace down each side in front and round the bottom; the trimming surmounted by a white satin ribband...

Evening Dress, January 1813

"Plain white satin dress, with a demi train, made extremely low and quite square in the bosom. Epaulet short sleeve, which is set without a shoulder strap...

Full Dress, July 1813

"A round robe of pale jonquil or canary-coloured crape, worn over a white satin slip; short sleeves composed of the shell-scallopped lace and satin, decorated with bows on the shoulders...

Evening Dress, October 1813

"A pea-green crape frock, worn over a white gossamer satin slip, with short sleeves of white lace, and waist biassed with lace beading; a deep flounce of lace round the feet, headed with silver netting,...

Evening Dress, November 1813

"A round robe of blossom-coloured crape, with demi-train, worn over a white satin slip, gathered frock back, and stomacher front; the sleeve unusually short, and back and bosom uncommonly (not to say unbecomingly) exposed...

Evening Dress, March 1814

"A white crape, or fine muslin petticoat, worn over white satin, embroidered in silver lama round the bottom. A bodice of olive, or spring-green satin, ornamented with a silver stomacher....

Evening Dress, July 1814

"A blond lace train, richly embroidered in silver lama, with a superb border of the same, over a petticoat of pink or salmon-coloured satin; a silver body, trimmed round the top with a quilling of blond, edged with silver...

Evening Dress, September 1814

"Frock of finest India muslin, body and sleeves of lace; the former made full, and the latter the triple epaulette, which is composed of three folds of lace...

Ball Dress, November 1814

"French rose-coloured silk slip, made tight to the shape and very short in the waist. French gauze frock, open behind, the bosom embroidered to correspond with the slip...

Evening Dress, January 1815

"A celestial blue frock, over a white satin slip, ornamented round the bottom with a deep border of tull or net lace, embroidered with shaded blue silks and chenille...

Evening Dress, February 1815

"Pale pink or primrose-coloured crape petticoat over white satin, ornamented at the feet with a deep border of tull, trimmed with blon lace and pink or primrose-coloured ribband festooned and decorated with roses; short full sleeves, composed of tull and crape, with a border of French embroidery;...

Ball Dress, June 1815

"A frock of French figured gauze, worn over a slip of white satin; the frock trimmed at the feet with a deep flounce of blond lace, and decorated with wreaths of lilac...

Evening Dress, August 1815

"A white satin petticoat, richly ornamented at the feet with a broad border of tull and satin; a frock-body, tied behind, composed of tull and satin...

Ball Dress, January 1816

"A skirt of white crape over white satin, rather full, but the fullness thrown behind. The body , which is tight to the shape, is formed of a new material. The sleeve, short and full, is tastefully ornamented to correspond with the body...

Ball Dress, October 1816

"A gown, composed of white gauze, of an exquisitely beautiful and glossy texture: it is worn over a maiden-blush slip. For the form of the dress, which is in the highest degree novel and elegant, we refer our readers to our print. The trimming is a rich rollio of...

Evening Dress, November 1816

"A lilac and white striped gauze dress over a white satin slip; the bottom of the skirt is ornamented with five rows of white silk trimming, of a very light and elegant description...

Full Dress January 1817

"A white soft satin slip, tastefully ornamented at bottom with a flounce of broad blond lace, and a light roll of light satin, surmounted by a wreath of lilies composed of plain blond, and a second roll of satin. The stalks of the lilies are composed of white silk cord,...

Evening Dress, October 1817

"White British net dress over a soft white satin slip. The body is composed of white satin, disposed in folds, and rich letting-in lace. The sleeve, which is very short and full, is composed of the same materials...

Ball Dress, November 1817

"A soft white satin slip, over which is worn a dress composed of white spotted gauze. The body, which is cut extremely low all round the bust, is finished by a light quilling of blond...

Evening Mourning Dress, January 1818

"A black crape frock over a black sarsnet slip: the body is composed of white crape tastefully ornamented with deep vandykes of black velvet, each vandyke finished at the point by a little light ornament of black chenille...

Evening Dress, April 1818

"A white gauze round dress, the bottom of the skirt finished by a large rouleau of white satin; the rouleau is ornamented at regular distances with braids of lemon-colored satin. The body is made plain, and higher than they are generally worn;...

Ball Dress, August 1818

"Frock of white crape, Venetian gauze or fine net, richly embellished at the border with small double Indian roses of a beautiful pink colour, and mingled with leaves of crape and pearls...

Evening Dress, December 1818

"A black crape dress over a black sarsnet slip: the body is cut very low and square round the bust, and is tight to the shape; it is trimmed round the bosom and the back with a rouleau of crape intermixed with jet beads; this trimming does not go round the shoulders....

Half Mourning Evening Dress, January 1819

"A white crape round dress over a white sarsnet slip; it is cur very low all round the bust, and the waist is as short as possible: a full sleeve, which is likewise very short...

Evening Mourning Dress, February 1819

"Gallician frock of black Italian gauze over a white slip: short sleeves. Head-dress composed of pearl cordons and rich plumes of white ostrich feathers...

Evening Dress, April 1819

"A white gauze round dress over a white satin slip: the skirt is very full, and is trimmed in a most novel style with silk net, disposed in such a manner as to represent little baskets, in each of which is placed a bouquet of small spring flowers...

Walking & Evening Dresses, May 1819

"Walking Dress: A round dress, composed of jaconet muslin; the skirt is moderately full; it is trimmed round the bottom with the same material, which is disposed in such a manner as to form, with an intermixture of cord, a very novel and fanciful trimming, for the form of which we refer to our print....

Evening Dress, October 1819

"Dress of fine net over white satin; richly flounced with double festoons of very broad blond; the lower festoon interspersed with full blown roses, the upper one surmounted by lilies of the valley...

 

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