La Belle Assemblée, March 1809.
I collect fashion prints of the Regency period because I think the style of dress is beautiful. But every now and then, there is a dud, or what I like to call a Fashion Disaster. This, in my opinion, is one of them. Everything about this ensemble is dreadful. But in the spirit of fairness and historical honesty, I include it here in the Regency World.
The print is described in the magazine as follows:
“CARRIAGE COSTUME: A Polanese coat, and Saragossa mantle, of fine Vigonia cloth; the colour spring green, trimmed round the edges and up the front of the coat with black velvet bindings, and edgings of gold lace. A high puckered collar, confined round the throat with a gold cord and acorn tassels. A belt of black velvet, and rich gold clasp. Military cap formed of the same material, and trimmed also with black velvet and gold. A short white lace veil falling from the edge of the cap just below the chin. Half-boots of green kid or cloth, calashed and bound with black, and laced with gold cord.”