Promenade Dress, September 1811

Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, September 1811.

“Promenade Costume.”

In most British fashion prints that show closed parasols, they are held by a wrist strap at the tip and not by the handle. (Browse through Walking Dresses on this site to see what I mean.) This is one of the few I’ve seen where the closed parasol is held by the handle, the point resting on the ground.

The print is described in the magazine as follows:

“A round high robe, with large long sleeves, and deep falling collar, edged with lace or needle-work, composed of jaconet muslin. A small capuchin mantle of green shot sarsnet, line with white, and trimmed with Chinese silk fringe of corresponding shades; deep Spanish pointed cape, trimmed with the same. White satin hat, of the Spanish form, with rim the colour of the mantle, ornamented with a demi-wreath of corn-flowers. Roman shoe of green morocco. Gloves of lemon-coloured kid; and parasol corresponding with the cloak, with deep Chinese awning.

“These dresses [this print and the other fashion print for this month] are furnished by Mrs. Gill, No. 1, Cork-street, Burlington-Gardens; whose extensive and elegant assortment of millinery, robes, &c. &c. has rendered her so justly eminent in her line.”

There is an interesting note about shoes following the print descriptions. Neither print from this month reveals much of the shoes, but here is what is said, just as a point of interest:

“In ladies’ shoes there has been of late a complete revolution. Rodwell’s brass military heel and copper fastenings are quite the ton; as is also the gold and jet clasp to the regent slipper, which is certainly the most graceful ornament for the female foot we have witnessed for some time.”

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