Carriage Costume, November 1817

La Belle Assemblée, November 1817.

“Autumnal Carriage Pelisse and Bonnet.”

Note that the purse is called a “ridicule.” In another 15 years or so, the term would be bastardized into “reticule,” the term most of us associate with purses of this period.

The crown of the bonnet is still somewhat tall, though not nearly as tall as the previous year. The focus had by this time shifted to the brim, which exploded into enormous dimensions over the next couple of years.

The print is described in the magazine as follows:

“Pelisse of the Cachemire manufacture; the ground white, ornamented with a fine vermillion red. Bonnet of vermillion-coloured satin, embossed with straw, ornamented slightly with straw-coloured ribbands, and surmounted by a bouquet formed of a full blown damask rose and buds, with ears of ripe corn. The ornament is partially placed on one side: the edge of the bonnet finished by blond laid on strait. This elegant pelisse is confined by a vermillion-coloured belt, with a gold and Ceylon ruby broach or clasp. Lyonese shawl with a rich border of various colours, is often thrown over this dress, as represented in the Print. White kid half-boots; Limerick gloves, and vermillion-coloured satin ridicule with gold tassels and spring. Fichu frilled with fine lace and left open at the throat.”


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