Morning Dress October 1815

Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, October 1815.

“Morning Dress.

This is an example of a very informal morning dress, often called a “domestic costume” as it was meant to be worn at home, but not for receiving visitors. This would be worn for breakfast alone or with family. This is a very intimate costume.

As with all morning dresses, it is loosely fitted for comfort. The short overdress or robe is called a negligé, further identifying this as an intimate domestic dress.

The description in the magazine is as follows:

“A cambric muslin petticoat, ornamented at the feet with a double flounce of French work, appliquéd with a narrow heading of the same; the body, from the shoulder to the neck, gathered full into narrow trimming, corresponding with the heading of the flounce; a military collar, frilled with the French work; short French negligé open in the front, and trimmed entirely round to correspond; long loose sleeve, gathered into a narrow trimming at the wrist, with a ruffle of the same French work. A round cap, composed of white satin and quilled lace; a white satin rose in the front. Stockings, ribbed silk. Slippers, red morocco or black kid.”

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