Fashion plates from Gallery of Fashion, 1795-1796 and a picture of my inspired-by look for a 1790s ball.  These are related to my recent blog post about diamond jewelry in 1790s fashion plates

Gallery of Fashion, evening dresses, February 1795. 

This fashion plate is wonderful, mostly because of the description.  The two dresses on the right are described as polonaise, known far and wide as the dresses with the rucked-up skirts.  Interesting…

Gallery of Fashion, July 1795. 

Such epic ostrich feathers…

Gallery of Fashion, June 1795. 

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of riding habits- they just keep getting better and better!

Gallery of Fashion, December 1795. 

Nice headwear, and I’m kinda obsessed with that blue gown…

Gallery of Fashion, July 1795. 

A very lovely court dress!

Gallery of Fashion, November 1795. 

So much to love in this fashion plate!  First of all, the colors all go so well together.  Yellow and navy- swoon!  Amazing hats, beautiful print on the first gown, and do I spy yet another blue riding habit?  I think so!

Gallery of Fashion, October 1795. 

This plate is a perfect example of why the Gallery of Fashion images are so wonderful- all the background!  It’s telling us a lovely little story.  What I don’t get about this story is why she is wearing a bikini top over her bodice! (Actually it calls that a “blue silk handkerchief trimmed with lace, round the neck.”  I still think it looks weird!)

Gallery of Fashion, Figure 68, September 1795. 

This is anything but a plain white dress!  The details are so luxurious- all the pleating and the lace on the sleeves and that gorgeous embroidery on the bottom!  She’s fetching. 

Gallery of Fashion, Figure 47, April 1795. 

Gallery of Fashion, figures 37, 38, and 39.  January 1795. 

Such pretty colors!  I want them all!

Gallery of Fashion, figure 36, January 1795. 

Oooh!  Look at her stripey muff!  

Gallery of Fashion, Figure 43, February 1795. 

A court dress, of course!  That is quite a sumptuous fabric!

Gallery of Fashion, Figures 48,49, and 50.  April, 1795. 

Gallery of Fashion, Figures 51 and 52, May 1795. 

The G.O.F. ladies have the BEST accessories!