Fashion plate originally published in La Belle Assembleé issue no 26 of the New Series on 1 November, 1814. National Museums of Scotland.

Costumes Parisiens: les Ouevrieres de Paris, 1824. “Blanchisseuse de Dentelle”

Translation:  The Workers of Paris- “the lace laundress”

This is the first plate from a new publication I’ll be putting up- The Workers of Paris (and no, this isn’t THAT Costumes Parisien!) published in 1824.  It’s a series of about 40 engravings of fashionable working women in occupations that are often impossibly quaint and evocative of their era.  Here we have the first of the lot- the lace laundress, perhaps delivering a box of freshly laundered lace?  I love all the subtle lace she has peeking out- at the wrists and hem of her gown- as well as the not-so-subtle lacy cap and chemisette.  I couldn’t resist the close-up crops.  It’s such a charming outfit!

The Follies and Fashions of our Grandfathers, April 1807.

That’s a lovely pelisse she has!  The asymmetry of the skirts, the fur banding around the sleeve caps, and the high collar are all very interesting features!

Le Follet Courrier des Salons, 1835.

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

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Cabinet des Modes, December 1841.

Ooohhh!  I really like this outfit!  Lots of colors, but they aren’t overwhelming!  And she looks so warm and cozy. 

Lady’s Magazine, Summer Promenade Dress, June 1825. 

What a charming outfit!  Such interesting and unusual trim!

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

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

Gallery of Fashion, October 1797. 

I love the pairing of the yellow gown and the blue gloves, and that brown bonnet is adorable!

Le Follet, February 1845. 

Lady’s Magazine, November 1830.

What a lavish use of fur!  I bet they are warm!

Lady’s Museum, April 1823. 

How awesome is that trim on the pink dress?  And that purple shawl- want!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1823. 

I love the ruffles!

Cabinet des Modes, December 1841. 

This is a pretty unusual outfit!  The color combination is expected, but mostly I don’t understand what is going on with that cloak/shawl/apron thingy.  It looks like it has a waist on it.  Any of my readers know what is going on here?

World of Fashion, January 1845. 

Lovely ladies!

Fashions of London and Paris, French Full Dress, May 1798. 

What lovely and unusual colors!