Morning and Afternoon Dresses, November 1813

Lady’s Monthly Museum, November 1813.

“London Fashions for November.”

This print is from the period beginning in 1812 when this magazine ceased using “borrowed” images from other publications, which it had been doing for several years, and began to use original designs again, as they had done in its early years of publication. By the end of 1816, they were back to “borrowing” images from other magazines.

The “Morning Dress” is clearly a Morning Walking Dress, that is, an outdoor dress, and not the more intimate indoor morning dress. The green pelisse is lovely. I’m not sure what makes it a pelisette. The “Afternoon Dress” would have been appropriate for an elegant afternoon event, such as a garden party or a concert. The reticule (known as ridicule at this time) is not mentioned, but isn’t it adorable?

The text mentions that the dresses in this print were “invented” by Mrs. Green.

The print is described in the magazine as follows:

Morning-Dress. A pelisette of Spanish green cloth, or silk, made tight in the body, and fastened round the waist with tassels; bonnet and feather en suite; white silk gloves.

Afternoon-Dress. A flowing robe of white satin, with a white velvet boddice, trimmed round the shoulders with Brussels’ lace; Indian turban of white muslin, spotted with silver; white gloves and shoes.”

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