I’ve just done a new blog post about millinery flowers in Regency fashion plates, which inspired some floral updates to my Regency ball gown.  

Above plates all from Journal des Dames et des Modes.  Please check the blog post for dates and more images!

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Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1818. 

I’ve started selling paper millinery flowers in my Etsy shop.  I’ve been doing a lot of research on flowers in 18th and 19th century millinery and am so captivated by the lovely way they used flowers and leaves.  I’ll post some inspiration images over the next few days. 

I hope you’ll check out my shop for paper flowers and historic ribbons (we can’t forget the ribbons!)

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1821. 

One of the best uses of flowers to ever grace the pages of this blog! 

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1823. 

This has everything I love about the early 1820s- the bold color, the dropped waist, the magnificent silhouette- so flattering!- and the masterful use of self-trim!  Perfection. 

Journal des Dames et des Modes (Published in Fashions of London and Paris), September 1799. 

Beautiful color!  Also, I’m fascinated by that unusual sleeve treatment.

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1829. 

One of my readers, Guacira (all the way from Brazil!), just sent this fashion plate and a few others to me.  Isn’t it beautiful!  It’s a big image, too, so open it in a new tab to see all the detail.  

Thank you so much to everyone who reads this blog!  You guys are so generous and supportive and you make running this tumblr a delight!  And thank you especially, Guacira, for sending this along.  

Fashions of London and Paris (from Journal des Dames et des Modes), August 1798. 

Isn’t it amazing how a bright ribbon can make a simple white gown stunning?

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1826. 

Uhf.  That’s a lot of hem work!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1826. 

I am LOVING those awesome van dyked ruffles on the hems!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1813. 

OK, I know this is a little weird because she’s raking (?), but look at her spats!  SPATS, PEOPLE!

Journal des Dames et des Modes (Published in Fashions of London and Paris), September 1798. 

What a strange bodice and head thing!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1825. 

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1821. 

What a gorgeous cloak!  It looks so lush and cozy!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1806. 

Well guh.  This is to die for!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1803. 

There is something a wee bit ghastly about the hair attached to the pieces, but they are still cute!