Half Dress

Half Dress, Overview

Half Dress follows the less formal morning dress and afternoon walking dress into the late afternoon and early evening, and sometimes later in the evening if the occasion was not strictly formal...

Evening Half Dress, September 1796

"The hair round the face in easy curls, white silk net adorned with tassels, trimmed and tied under the chin with white satin ribband; chignon within the net. Corset and petticoat of white taffeta...

Afternoon Dress, October 1799

"Round white cap of spotted silver muslin, formed in small plaits, terminating at one point on the crown; white ostrich feather; pearl necklace; plaited lace tucker...

Afternoon Dresses, June 1800

"An under dress of pink muslin, with lace tucker, over which a gown of white muslin, open in front, and fastened with gold buttons or clasps. The sleeves pink, with a fulness of white muslin...

Afternoon Dress, March 1801

"A white muslin train gown, with long tight sleeves; the waist bound by a fine muslin sash, the ends of which are fringed with gold. Over this dress is worn the Turkish or Tunisian vest...

Half Dress, May 1803

This half dress is composed of what looks to be a short apricot-colored robe over an underdress with train of the same color, both edged in silver lace...

Half Dress and Walking Dress, June 1806

"Round gown of fine cambric muslin, with long sleeves, and trimmed round the bottom with double muslin. A cloak of fine clear muslin, bound round with white satin ribband....

Half Dress, February 1809

"An Egyptian head-dress of silver and pearls, one point falling on the left shoulder, finished with a tassel; the hair in loose ringlets; pearl ear-rings, bracelets, and necklace...

Opera Dress, March 1809

"Henry the Eighth hat of purple velvet trimmed with pearls, a dress of the same colour, with a white satin front trimmed with pearls, and fastened down the front with large white round pearls; a white satin Spanish mantle trimmed with swandown;...

Evening Half Dress, April 1809

"These unique and elegant articles are derived from the Spanish costume; and in a great degree resemble those worn by the Knights of the military Order of Alcantara in that country...

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....

Half Dress, November 1810

"A round gown of white crape, fancy leno, or muslin, with deep embroidered border at the bottom, and bosom ornamented to correspond; short sleeves and tucker of Mechlin lace; an under-dress, or slip of pink satin....

Opera Dresses, February 1811

"A round robe of white crape or muslin, with demi-traine and imperial winged frill of plaited lace. A Circassian laced bodice of American green velvet, trimmed with Chinese cord...

Opera Dress, March 1811

"A simple French frock of white gossamer satin-sarsnet, or crape,, with a short sleeve, edged at its several terminations with narrow silver braiding: cestus and clasp to suit....

Opera Dress, May 1811

"A white muslin robe, with long sleeves. An Algerine tunic of white satin, trimmed round the bottom and bosom with net or silver fringe, simply confined in the center with a regency broach...

Opera Dress, July 1811

"A blue satin robe, worn over a slip of white satin, let in at the bosom and sleeves (which are short) with silver Moravian net work. A tunic of Egyptian brown sarsnet or crape, confined on the shoulder with diamond studs...

Half Dress, January 1812

"A high Roman round robe of stone colour, or pale olive cloth, embroidered in a variegated chenille border; long sleeves, finished at the wrist to correspond, and lined with pink sarset. Pomeranian mantle of silk, the colour of the robe, lined with pink...

Half Full Dress, November 1812

Round dress of cambric muslin, cut low in the neck, demi train and long sleeves; waist something shorter than they have been worn; very low in the neck, and trimmed round the bosom with a scalloped lace, which falls over and is put on broad at the bosom and narrow at the shoulders....

Opera Dress, February 1813

"A round robe of mull muslin, or crape, over satin or sarsnet, with long sleeve and low front, bordered at the bottom and on the bosom with a rich brocade ribband, or embroidery of coloured silks. A patent net neckerchief, edged with lace round the throat....

Opera Dress, March 1813

"A round low dress, of fine India muslin, the bosom composed entirely of needle-work and lace beading, and a correspondent border round the waist with a sash tied in front...

Half Full Dress, July 1813

"Gown of pale blue and light sarsnet, shot with white, made a walking length and more scanty in the skirt than we have observed them for some time past....

Opera Pelisse, December 1813

"This pelisse is made of the richest orange or amber twilled sarsnet, lined with ermine; the collar, cape, and cuffs are also of ermine. In the form of this dress there is nothing particularly novel, but its general effect is strikingly elegant...

Evening Opera Dress and Carriage Dress, December 1813

"A round robe of morone or crimson-soloured Merino, kerseymere, or queen's cloth, ornamented round the bottom and up the front with a fancy gold embroidered border....

Opera Dress, March 1814

"Round dress of jaconet muslin, made nigh to the throat, and rather longer in the waist than last month. Long sleeves gauged at the wrists about an inch; the sleeve is left about two inches in length from the gauging...

Half Dress, November 1814

"Green satin striped sarsent frock, ornamented round the bottom with a rich border, embroidered with shaded chenille; long full sleeve, confined at the wrist, and trimmed with Vandyke lace...

Opera Dress, January 1815

"Light pink satin gown, trimmed round the bottom with a lace flounce, laid on richly, worked and heded with tufts of the same; short full sleeve...

Dinner Dress, June 1815

"The principal novelty of this dress consists in the improved French braces: they form the shape in the most exquisite and becoming manner, and give quite a new effect to the figure...

Dinner Dress, February 1816

"Frock of pink crape, over a slip of white satin with builloné flounce, and quilling of white crape round the border; full sleeves of white patent net, confined by a white satin ribband...

Dinner Dress, March 1816

"Persian robe of white satin, ornamented with a beautiful coloured trimming over a slip of crape, finished round the border by five quillings of blond; the body of white satin, trimmed at the bust to correspond with the robe...

Opera Dress, April 1816

"Slip of pink satin, ornamented down the front and border with black velvet in bias, under a robe of black satin richly flowered with black velvet down the sides ......

Opera Dress, July 1816

"This dress is composed of white lace, and is worn over a rich soft white satin slip. The skirt is trimmed, in a style of peculiar elegance, with lace festooned at regular distances...

Evening Home Dress, March 1817

"Frock of white tissue gauze over white satin, ornamented round the border in a novel and unique style with white satin fittings...

Dinner Dress, July 1817

"A round dress, comprised of jaconet muslin, embroidered in small roses. The skirt is finished round the bottom with a profusion of rouleaus of clear muslin, which are fancifully wreathed with white satin. The body fastens behind; it comes high on the shoulder...

Dinner Dress, May 1818

"A white British net dress, which is worn over a bright peach-colour satin slip. The dress is finished at the bottom of the skirt by a row of broad and singularly beautiful trimming...

Dinner Dress, September 1818

"Round dress of fine Bengal muslin, with a superbly embroidered border; the border surmounted by two flounces richly embroidered at the edges, and headed by muslin bouilloné run through with Clarence blue satin...

 

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