Gallerie des Modes, 1781.
My apologies for my lack of posts, readers. My new job is frying my brain. I come home and can barely put a coherent sentence together, so tumblin’ is dropping off the to-do list. I’ll try harder.
As an apology, here are some magnificent court gowns!
Gallery of Fashion, July 1796.
The green gown is a gorgeous color, and what an unusual bonnet she has!
Gallerie des Modes, 1778.
(Deepest apologies for my absence, readers! I started a new job this week and have been working like a fool, so my blogging time has been nil. In addition, my internet at home is being weird so it’s made keeping things updated challenging. I’m trying!)
Gallerie des Modes, 1779.
What a lovely combination of color, shape, and trim!
The Lady’s Magazine, Fashionable Dresses in the Rooms in Weymouth, 1774
These early Lady’s Magazine plates are little versions of the holy grail for me. Even though the publication started in 1770 (and lasted into the 1830s!) it is so hard to find plates from before the 1800s. Even the early issues that are on Google Books don’t have their plates with them- I suppose they have been torn out and collected up. This is a nice plate in the collections of the V & A. I do have a few more sent to be my wonderful and generous readers. If you have any, do share!
Journal de la Mode et du Gout, August 1790.
For the record I, Taylor Shelby, hereby state that I am reproducing these shoes with my American Duchess Pemberlies. Shoes are in possession, paint has been purchased. Their creation is imminent!
Now if only I could get my hands on a pair of those clocked stockings…
A Trip to Blackheath, 1780 (Via the British Museum)
This isn’t a fashion plate, obviously, but I was so struck by the women in the image that I couldn’t resist posting here.
The soldiers are camped in Blackheath during the Gordon Riots of 1780.
Gallerie des Modes, 1778.
My apologies for being absent! I’ve been locked in an epic battle with this gown for the last week, but the event was last night, so I am no longer chained to the silk! I promise I’ll be back to posting regularly this week (Sorry, Jess!)
(Also I’m sorry that the dress is wrinkled and my hair is collapsed. I had been wearing it for about 7 hours when this picture was taken!)
Can’t blog- too busy sewing!
Fashion Plates from Gallerie des Modes featuring red and white gowns, 1778-1782.
The purple and yellow gowns got a lot of likes and reblogs, so I thought I’d continue the trend and revisit some other gown combinations! If you need details on any one in particular, just let me know! Any other color combinations you would like to see?
Magasin des Modes, March 1788.
Engraving of Maria Cosway (1760–1838)
Maria Cosway! A fascinating woman (she is the famous recipient of the Head/Heart letter written by Thomas Jefferson!) with an interesting life. I just finished reading this book,
which was pretty good (and filled with images of the work of her and her more famous artist husband, Richard Cosway). It’s a interesting look at society in Georgian England (and, surprisingly the bureaucracy of Napolean’s empire) and the life of artists who catered to the upper classes.