Cabinet des Modes, April 1786. 

Cabinet des Modes, February 1786. 

Cabinet des Modes, Walking Dress, October 1841. 

What a striking shawl!  It’s nice paired with the bright blue bonnet but a very light and un-ornamented gown. 

Cabinet des Modes, January 1845. 

Cabinet des Modes, January 1845. 

Cabinet des Modes, December 1841. 

What a beautiful explosion of blue!  That cloak is stunning, and I love the pink lining!

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. 

Cabinet des Modes, December 1785. 

I really love the banding on the skirts.  I think that is such a charming trim!  These colors are quite beautiful together, too!

Cabinet des Modes, November 1841. 

That’s a lot of fringe!

Cabinet des Modes,  November 1841. 

Pretty!

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?

omgthatdress:

Evening dress ca. 1840 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I’ve been thinking about starting a feature that pairs fashion plates with extant gowns, and I couldn’t resist this opportunity!  Obviously she’s covering her bodice with her shawl, but I have to think it looks a little bit like this!

(via justaprettybird)

Cabinet des Modes, Evening Dress, February 1840. 

I really like this gown!  The rope trim/belt/waistband is quite charming, and her sleeves, too!

Cabinet des Modes, August 1841. 

I love all the little rows of ruffles!

Cabinet des Modes, October 1841. 

This is quite pretty.  I like the stripes meeting in the front to form the V!