Morning Dress, July 1816

Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, July 1816.

“Morning Dress”

This is clearly an indoor morning dress (even though she is wearing gloves, which is typical, but always seems odd to me). It is made full with loose, comfortable sleeves. The flounce is deep but simple. The cap, called a cornette as it ties under the chin, is definitely an indoor cap.

Note the beautiful Regency stool or small bench. Ackermann prints often include up-to-the-minute furniture.

The print is described in the magazine as follows:

“A round dress, composed of jaconet muslin, finished round the bottom of the skirt by a deep flounce of rich work scolloped at the edge, and a heading to correspond. The body has a slight fullness behind. The form of the front, as our readers will perceive by our print, is extremely novel and pretty. Plain long sleeve, finished at the wrist by a pink band and bow. The cornette worn with this dress is of the mob kind, and by much the most becoming we have ever seen: it is composed of white lace, and tastefully ornamented with roses. Pink kid slippers, and white kid gloves.

“This dress is much approved by belles of taste for it elegant simplicity: its form and materials are certainly strictly appropriate to morning costume. It is invented by Mrs. Gill, of Cork-street, Burlington-Gardens, to whom we are indebted for it.”

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