Court Dresses, Overview

Court on formal occasions they were required to wear Court Dress, which was a very formal, very specific type of garment that was not worn anywhere else. Rules of Court

French Court Dress, April 1805

…fashionable high-waisted silhouette with traditional courtly accessories and opulence. The court dress shown here is an excellent example of the new imperial court dress for women. The high-standing color, called…

French Court Dress, July 1814

Journal des Dames et des Modes, Paris, July 31, 1814. “Costume de présentation” This dress would have represented one of the early court dresses worn at the court of the…

French Gentleman’s Court Dress, February 1805

…the English court of the same period show very similar costumes. Court dress for men at both the English and French courts had long favored elaborately decorated military uniforms. But…

Court Dress, July 1807

La Belle Assemblée, July 1807. “Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales in her Court Dress on the 4. of June 1807, as authentically taken from the real dress made…

Court Dress, January 1799

…the highest-ranking nobility. Dress-makers pulled out all the stops when designing dresses for the birthday drawing rooms. The dresses were expensive, extravagant, and cumbersome. Read about the rules for court

Court Dress, May 1798

…as the high-waisted Regency court dresses. Most prints show the court dress straight on, so that it looks like a wide circular hooped gown. This print shows the figure at…

Court Dress, June 1799

…favorite at court. A few foreign princes offered marriage, but the king refused all offers, and she never married. She died in 1840 at age 71. Her court dresses (along…

French Court Dress, April 1817

…the previous year. La Belle Assemblée published several French court dresses during this period, and I like to believe that these prints were specifically directed to the English court where…

Court Dress, July 1808

La Belle Assemblée, July 1808 “Court Dress as worn on his Majesty’s Birth Day” I realize, of course, that this was a Very Important Dress worn by a Very Important…

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