Evening Dress, March 1814

Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, March 1814.

“Evening Dress”

This print is a personal favorite. Love the bright green bodice, which almost has the look of a spencer, and its fan frill, especially in the back. The silver embroidery at the hem must have looked gorgeous in a candle-lit ballroom.

The print is described in the magazine as follows:

“A white crape, or fine muslin petticoat, worn over white satin, embroidered in silver lama [ie silver lamé] round the bottom. A bodice of olive, or spring-green satin, ornamented with a silver stomacher. Short, full sleeve, and rounded bosom, trimmed with a full silver border to correspond. A fan frill of fluted lace, continued round the back, and terminated in front at the corner of the bosom. A silver fringe round the bottom of the waist. The hair in irregular curls in front, falling low on each side, drawn smoothly on the crown of the head, and brought in a small bunch of curls at the back. A bandeau of pearl, twisted round the curls behind. Necklace and cross of pearl, ear-drops and bracelets to correspond. Occasional scarf of white silk, richly embroidered in silver and coloured silks. Gloves of white kid. Slippers of green satin, with silver rosettes.”


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