Walking and Full Dresses, December 1801

Fashions of London and Paris, December 1801.

“Walking Dress. Dancing Dress.”

In the first few years of this century, black lace and other black trimmings were simply a fashionable color, having nothing to do with mourning.

Trains on dancing dresses would have to be held up by the wearer, or attached to a device suspended from the waist, or looped over the wrist.

The print is described in the magazine as follows:

“WALKING DRESS. Round dress of thick white muslin. The Hungarian cloak made of nacarat, or scarlet silk; trimmed all round with broad black lace or fur. A bonnet of the same colour as the cloak; trimmed with black lace or fur, and ornamented with a flower or feather of the same color.

“A DANCING, OR FULL DRESS. A short robe of fine muslin with a train or petticoat of the same; the robe made plain over the bosom, with additional fronts, to fly open from the shoulders. The whole bound with scarlet ribbon: the sleeves and the robe, from the shoulders to the bottom, are ornamented with scarlet ribbon. The bosom trimmed round with deep white lace. A hat of white silk, turned up in the front, and lined with scarlet; a feather of the same colour fixed in front, to fall over the crown.”

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