Promenade and Ball Dress, June 1805

Promenade and Ball Dress June 1805Fashions of London and Paris, June 1805.

“Promenade & Ball Dress”

The walking dress is shown from both and back, as an aid to dressmakers. The first volume of this magazine, in 1798, said this on the title page:

“Fashions of London and Paris containing figures faithfully drawn from real life in the most fashionable circles, intended for the use of Milliners and Mantua-makers etc., and for ladies of quality and private families who direct the formation of their own dresses.”

Descriptions are brief in this publication, so that the prints had to be made useful to the “mantua-maker.”

It is mentioned that the ball dress was worn at Frogmore. This estate, built in the 1680s, was purchased by George III in 1792 for the use of Queen Charlotte and their unmarried daughters. Though it was primarily a private retreat for the royal ladies, it was also the site of occasional balls and receptions.

The print is described in the magazine as follows:

“Fig. 1.–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 and ornamented with a green sprig in front.

“Fig. 2.–A dress of plain muslin, with apple-blossom cloak, the same as the former, representing the manner it is worn behind. A hat of satin and crape, ornamented with a flower.

“Fig. 3.–Ball-dress, worn at Frogmore. A dress of white crape, richly embroidered, in stripes, with silver; the sleeves and bottom of the dress looped up with silver tassels; the whole covered with spangles. The hair dressed with a diamond bandeau and ostrich feathers. White gloves and shoes.”

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