Today I’m going to do something a little different. Instead of posting plates from different sources and years, I am going to post four plates from the 1813 edition of “The Mirror of the Graces” which I got from an ebay listing a few weeks ago.
I wanted to take a moment to thank one of my readers, Julia, who pointed me in the direction of the auction. She has a lovely collection of fashion plates, and, as an avid collector, is quite adept at finding auctions and sales! She’s been generous enough to point out a number of them to me (as well as other resources) so you will see many more of Julia’s finds pop up here now and again. Thank you, Julia! I appreciate it so very much!
Very interesting, thankyou and you are right- I have Ackermann's description of this walking dress and the style apparently denotes a style of day dress favoured by Princess Charlotte; and the all black colour and large kerchief (and way she carries it) are intended to suggest a day mourning costume for ladies in honour of the late Crown Princess Charlotte who had recently died in 1817.
I believe Princess Charlotte was a fan of Jane Austen's books....just want to add how impressed I am by your site and interesting diversity of C18th & c19th fashion plates. Thankyou. :)
Thank you so much for confirming my suspicions! I’m so glad you had the detailed description of the image. Where did you find it?
Isn't it possible the veil of the Carriage Dress helped keep the dust of the roads off a fshionable lady ?
In Jane Austen's 'Mansfield Park' (1814); Tom mentions veils on young ladies travelling dress and to wear for promenading to take the air at a sea resort.
I think a black veil may show less dust on a Carriage Dress ?
Absolutely, Mandy! Many of the fashion plates that feature a “carriage costume” or “carriage dress” or “riding dress” have veils! I’m sure they were very helpful!