Do you ever see something that gives you such a jolt it brings tears to your eyes?  When I realized what this was, it was such a strong connection to the people of the past that I gasped.  Hiding in the margins of the Lady’s Book from 1830 was this little doodle.  It looks like something that I would have drawn as a little girl.  I love the things I’ve found while doing research for this blog!

Royal Lady’s Magazine, Court and Ball Dress, April 1831. 

Holy Cats!  This is magnificent.  Look at that glorious overskirt!  Gold and purple are always so stunning together!  And her headdress!  All the feathers!  Exclamation point!

(And I guess that pink gown is pretty great, too.)

The Beau Monde, November 1837. 

Oooh!  I love that green gown.  And that blue cloak is quite a statement piece!

Royal Lady’s Magazine, Evening and Ball Dresses, February 1831. 

The overdress thingy on the evening dress is quite unusual!  I love the flash of pink in the lining!

La Belle Assemblee, Ball and Opera Dresses, April 1834. 


Petit Courrier des Dames, 1834.

A wonderful collection of spring bonnets! Aren’t those colors just delicious?

Ladies Pocket Magazine, London Evening Dress, 1838.

OK, it is sorta hard to admit this, but I am totally loving THIS 1830s dress. Don’t rub it in.

The Ladies Pocket Magazine, Walking Dress, January 1834.

This color is just stunning, especially paired with the bright gold/yellow.

Le Follet Courrier des Salons, 1835.

Another example of wackadoo 1830s gowns, but check out those GORGEOUS accessories!

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Petit Courrier des Dames, 1832.

As much as I find 1830s clothing to be vile and repulsive, I have to admit that I find the embroidery (print?) on this gown to be so lovely. Also that bonnet. DAT BONNET.

The Lady’s Magazine, November 1834. 

Lady’s Magazine, Evening Dress, January 1830. 

Well…at least she looks warm!

Royal Ladies’ Magazine, December 1832. 

The lushness of that red gown is magnificent (and she has a tiara!)

La Belle Assemblee, Court Dress, June 1834. 

Now THAT is a dress!

Lady’s Museum, Morning and Walking Dresses, February 1832. 

As much as I hate these styles, I do love the pattern on her skirt!