Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, March 1818.
This print and the other fashion print in the March 1818 issue of the magazine are both mis-labeled as April 1818.
1818 seems to be the year of the cork hat. This hat, as well as the one shown with a Morning Dress of May 1818, use bits of cork in the decoration of the hat. I have not run across this use of cork in earlier prints.
Typical of 1818 are the bell-shaped skirt, the fussy flounce, and the very high waist.
The print is described in the magazine as follows:
“A fawn-coloured poplin gown made half-length: the back is plain, and the front wraps a little to the left side; the body is trimmed with two rows of white satin ribbon painted in natural flowers. Plain long sleeve, finished at the wrist to correspond. The bottom of the skirt is very tastefully trimmed with painted ribbon interspersed with bows. Head-dress a small gipsy hat composed of cork, cut in the same manner as willow-shavings, ornamented with a bunch of cork flowers coloured to resemble nature, and a full plume of fawn-coloured feathers. A small round cap is worn under the hat; it has a full quilling of net around the face. We must observe that the hat is not lined, but has a row of painted ribbon put round the inside of the brim, which resembles at a distance a wreath of flowers. Fawn-colored kid slippers and gloves, and a rich silk shawl, complete this dress.”