Promenade Dresses, December 1802

Fashions of London and Paris, December 1802.

“Promenade Dresses.”

Though these pelisses are somewhat similar, at least in shape and drape, this print demonstrates how the many styles of hat available in this period could change the entire look of an ensemble. The bonnet on the left appears to be a capote, ie a crown of fabric and a brim of covered straw or other stiffened material. This brim obscures the face in profile, giving the ensemble a more severe aspect. The brimless swansdown-trimmed cap on the right frames the face in a more open and youthful style.

The print is described in the magazine as follows:

“Fig. 1.–Short round dress of cambric muslin. Pelisse of black velvet, trimmed with broad lace, and lined with LeBrun’s new silk. Close bonnet of of black velvet, trimmed with lace and LeBrun’s new riband. Silver bear muff.

“Fig. 2.– Short dress of white muslin, trimmed round the bottom with a narrow flounce. Pelisse of kerseymere, trimmed with swan’s-down. Small round hat of kerseymere, trimmed also with swan’s-down.”

“LeBrun” refers to the modiste Madame LeBrun, who had a salon in Berkeley Square.

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