Evening Home Dress, March 1817

Evening Home Costume March 1817La Belle Assemblée, March 1817.

“Evening Home Dress. Invented by Mrs. Bell, 20 Charlotte Street, Bedford Square.”

This print shows how high the waist and how tiny the bodice became in these last years of the Regency. One has to assume there is a bit of exaggeration here, as almost no bosom, however small, could have fit into such a bodice!

Note the quizzing glass, worn on a long gold chain.

This is also the only print I have so far encountered where the dress is suggested for a rout party. You can read about rout parties in this entry in the Regency Glossary.

The print is described in the magazine as follows:

“OPERA AND ENGLISH HOME COSTUME. Frock of white tissue gauze over white satin, ornamented round the border in a novel and unique style with white satin fittings. Opera hood surmounted by a full garland of roses and lillies of the valley. Bush color or pearl grey slippers; and white kid gloves.

“This dress, though very prevalent at the Opera, is also much worn as a home costume, to receive rout company or other dress parties.”

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