Walking Dress and Pelisse, April 1817

La Belle Assemblée, April 1817.

Walking Dress April 1817“Walking Dress”

Pelisses of this late Regency period are generally high in the waist, full in the shoulder, and heavily ornamented or trimmed.

It’s rather a shame that the reticule (“ridicule”) is mostly hidden behind the model, as it is always interesting to see what they look like.

The print is described in the magazine as follows:

“Round dress of fine cambric, under a pelisse of emerald-green reps sarsnet, ornamented and faced with flutings of green and white satin, elegantly finished by British silk trimming; the waist girt by a rich silk cordon of the same manufacture, with full tassels. Spring bonnet of green curled silk, the crown and ornaments of white satin and emerald green, to correspond with the pelisse. Green satin half-boots and Limerick gloves. Berlin ridicule of green and white satin.”

From the General Observations on Fashion and Dress in this same issue:

“For carriage and outdoor costume, nothing is reckoned more elegant than the new material of British fabrication, called reps sarsent; it is a rich texture between the very fine cut velvet of the French and their Gros de Naples, but is lighter than either”.

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