La Belle Assemblée 1817

Another stunning Regency fashion plate. 

Whoafus.  That is some kind of bonnet there!  This who outfit has a whole “carnival vomited on me” feel to it.  Don’t get me wrong- that doesn’t mean I don’t love it!

Ackermann’s Repository, Full Dress, January 1817. 

So delightful with the flowers!

Ackermann’s Repository, Walking Dress, April 1817.

Oh, I really love this outfit!  The spencer is lovely, but what really caught my eye was her bonnet.  I love the gathers on the crown!  Beautiful hem on the gown, too!

Ackermann’s Repository, Evening Dress, May 1817. 

*sigh*  What a charming outfit!  Her little floral crown is lovely!

Ackermann’s Repository, Promenade Dress, October 1817. 

Gorgeous blue and big bonnet!  What’s not to love?

Ackermann’s Repository, Parisian Headdresses, January 1817.

It’s settled.  I’ll only be happy if I can have 14 heads and live in the early 19th century.  There’s just no other way…

Ackermann’s Repository, Walking Dress, November 1817. 

Love this.  Wish I knew what that little bauble on her bonnet was!

Ackermann’s Repository, Opera Dress, 1817. 

I love the bi-color sleeves!  

Ackerman’s Repository, Walking Dress, Dec 1817.  

About these titles that I put on things:  I have gotten most of my images from Museum collections and they have certain information with them.  Sometimes it is nothing (something like this could be titled simply “fashion plate, early 19th century), but they frequently have a description with them.  Often times, the information will be printed right on the plate, but in cases like this one, there is nothing to go by.  I got this information from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  It was in the description of the image.  Well, to be more precise, it said only “Walking dress December 1817” and the artist was listed as Rudolph Ackerman, who published Ackerman’s Repository.  

I always try to post as much information as I can, and I only rarely add information that didn’t come with the original image.  There have been a few instances where I have recognized the artistic styles of a certain publication, so I will put that in the notes and the tags of the image (and I always note it).  

This is an example where I’m not entirely certain that the description is complete.  I’m sure this is a walking dress, but it also strikes me as a mourning dress, not only because of the black, but because she is clutching a handkerchief, which is a recurring image in mourning plates.  

Anyway, not to ramble, just thought you might be interested in my process.  

La Belle Assemblee, Morning Dress, May 1817. 

Now THAT is a bonnet!

Ackerman’s Repository (I think…).  ”Evening dress, March 1817”

Evening turban with feathers!  Swoon!