Morning Dresses

Morning Dress, Overview

Many fashion prints of the Regency period are labeled “Morning Dress.” This does not designate a specific type of dress. The “morning” label designates nothing more than the time of day the ensemble was worn....

Morning Dresses, July 1798

"Chinese Hat, made of bamboo cane, and red or other coloured Chenille; with blue ribbon round the crown, blue rosette in front, and tied down with blue ribbon. White or coloured muslin gown, full epaulettes....

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...

Morning Dresses, June 1800

"A plain white muslin gown, with lace tucker. Hat of blue and white satin, in stripes; with white feather, and tassel of silver cord on the right side. A white silk shawl with blue border...

Morning Walking Dress, May 1803

"... The Jewish coats (or Josephs), of silk, are again in use; they are edged with black lace...

Morning Walking Dress, April 1807

When applied to women's fashion, the French term redingote is typically translated as robe. So this white dress is a morning robe ("Redingote du Matin"). The addition of the bonnet makes it an outdoor morning ensemble, or a morning walking...

Morning Walking Dresses, August 1808

" A round robe of white or jonquil muslin, made a walking length; with spencer waist, and deep falling lappels, trimmed with lace' and edged at the wrist to correspond. A bonnet of celestial blue crape, with jockey, or antique front, edged and ornamented with the shell, or honey-comb trimming, formed of the same material....

Morning Dress, November 1809

"A high robe of fine jaconet, or cambric, muslin, buttoned from the throat to the feet; a high fluted collar, edged with lace, and clasped in the center with a topaz, or other gem...

Morning Dress, October 1810

" A tunick of sky blue silk, made up to the throat, with collar, and buttoned down the front with small blue silk buttons; over which is worn a loose short dress of plain, checked, or striped India Muslin...

Walking & Morning Dresses, November 1810

Robe of white Indian muslin, with Spanish vest and Flemish skirt, ornamented at the bottom, bosom, and sleeves with needle-work, or appliquéd lace; antique cuffs, pointed collar, fastened in the center of the throat with a topaz broach. Bonnet à la Mary, Queen of Scots,...

Morning Carriage Dress, January 1811

" Gown of black Italian gauze worn over white, with long sleeves made high in the neck, with antique ruff à-la-Queen Elizabeth, ornamented round the bottom with a grey flossed silk trimming. A mantle of French grey satin, with collar fastened on the right shoulder...

Morning Dress, September 1811

"A Chinese robe with full long sleeves, composed of fine imperial, or plain cambric muslin; trimmed round the throat and wrist, and down the front with a full plaited border of plain muslin...

Morning Dress, May 1812

"A French frock of fine plain muslin, with demi-train, and long full bishops' sleeves. Waggoners' cuffs, with gaged front and shoulders to correspond...

Morning Dress, June 1812

"A plain muslin or cambric round robe, trimmed round the throat with net lace, or rolls of muslin. A loose Circassian pelisse of cerulean blue sarsnet, with low curved bosom...

Morning Dress, December 1812

"A Merino cloth long pelisse of a very deep rose colour, ornamented with a superbly embroidered fancy border in front; it is fastened down the whole length of the figure with frogs and tassels to correspond; waist a moderate length, and elegant figured belt and tassels;...

Morning Walking Dress, January 1813

"A round robe of Cambric muslin, with long full sleeves, and simple short collar, confined in the center of the throat with a stud or broach; the same fastening the dress at the wrist...

Morning Dress, May 1813

"Jaconet muslin high dress, made a walking length, and richly embroidered up the front, round the collar, ad round the bottom of the sleeve, which is very long, and rather more loose than they have been worn....

Morning Dress, November 1813

"A fine cambric or jaconet muslin round robe, a walking length, with round bosom, a demi height; long sleeves, and shirt, with deep fan frill of vandyke lace : the dress ornamented at the bottom to correspond. A spencer of Peruvian green velvet or satin...

Morning Carriage Dress, January 1814

"Pelisse of the fashionable blue cloth, fastened down the front with small flaps, edged with silk trimming to correspond, in a manner that is perfectly novel, and that has a very elegant effect;...

Sea-Side Morning Dress and Bathing Preserver, September 1814

"High dress of jaconet muslin, the body closely gaged, and each gaging finished by a very small bobbin. Long sleeve, full at the top and plain at the wrist, which is finished by a narrow lace....

Morning Walking Dress, October 1814

"Jaconet muslin high dress, with a triple flounce of muslin embroidery round the edge, and slightly scalloped; a row of worked points surmounts the top flounce. The body is composed of jaconet muslin and letting-in lace; the former cut in broad strips and sewed full to the latter, which is about an inch in breadth...

Morning Dress, April 1815

"A loose robe of line cambric or worked jaconet muslin, over a petticoat of the same, flounced with French trimming; long full sleeve, confined at the wrist with treble drawings, and ornamented with corresponding trimming...

Morning Dress, November 1815

"Half high dress of the finest jaconet muslin, finished at the bottom by a double flounce of pointed lace. The body is very richly ornamented with letting-in lace, disposed in a very novel and striking manner...

Morning Dress, May 1816

"A cambric slip, ticked very high and finished at the bottom with a deep flounce of worked muslin. Over the slip is a robe of the same material, open in front, and trimmed all round with very rich work...

Morning Dress, June 1817

"A round dress composed of jaconet muslin; the bottom of the skirt is trimmed with an intermixture of tucks and embroidery. he body is perfectly novel, it is a three-quarter height, and displays the whole of the throat and a little of the neck...

Morning Dress, May 1818

"A cambric muslin slip, richly finished round the bottom of the skirt with festoons of work, surmounted by ornaments of work intermixed with lace. Over this is worn the Hesse breakfast robe, composed of jaconet muslin....

Morning Walking Dress, August 1818

"A high dress composed of jaconet muslin: the body ha a little fullness in the back; the fronts are plain, and wrap across in the style of a fichu. A row of richly worked trimming, headed with a doudle rouleau of muslin...

 

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