Walking and Evening Dresses, March 1800

Fashions of London and Paris, March 1800.

“London March 1800.”

As mentioned with other prints of this early period, the use of black lace or other black trimming does not necessarily indicate mourning. Black was simply a fashionable color.

The asymmetrical robe of purple velvet trimmed in silver is quite unique. Neither dress is described. The outer wear and hats get all the attention.

The print is, very briefly, described in the magazine as follows:

“Fig. 1.–Silk pelice, trimmed with broad black lace. Hat of purple chip, or willow, with bow behind, and white roses on the left side. Silver bear muff.

“Fig. 2.–Russian robe of velvet, trimmed all round with silver. The bottom of the train likewise trimmed with silver. Amanthis cap of white spangled crape with wreath of flowers, and an end on the left side.”

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