The Workers of Paris, Bouquetiere (flowergirl), 1824. 

Isn’t she a beauty?  I love the bright color of her gown hidden behind a plain, white apron (with a pocket!), her lavish chemisette ruffle, and those cute little shoes!

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!

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!

Ackermann’s Repository, Promenade Dress, December 1816. 

Oh, what a glorious, glorious outfit!  I would be honored to welcome winter in a frock as pretty as this one!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1811. 

A lovely back view!  Did you know that I tag all fashion plates with a back view as such?  As a costumer, I find these help me oh so much!  

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1808. 

This is lovely- the neckline of this bodice is really interesting and elegant, and it pairs so beautifully with that dark green shawl!

La Belle Assemblee, Morning Promenade Dress, August 1822. 

Strange neckline, but otherwise a simple and lovely dress!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1813. 

Love the yellow spencer with that big black hat!

Ackermann’s Repository, Walking Dress, April 1811. 

CUTE!  The color is great and I love that feathered trim!

La Belle Assemblee, Opera Dress, 1816. 

This is one crazy dress!  Those diagonal stripes are really unexpected, especially paired with the black pelisse and colorful shawl!  I like it!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1812.

How can you be sad when you’re wearing such a beautiful outfit?!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1813. 

So lovely.  Look at the detail on the bodice back!  And oh!  That bonnet…

Lady’s Museum, February 1804. 

Oh, there is so much to love on this plate!  Nice bonnets, awesome blue pelisse, amazing chemisette on the second girl- it’s like flower petals!- and two beautiful cloaks!  

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1818. 

Oh I love the little squiggles on her arms!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1814. 

Look at her amazing bonnet!  And I love the back of the bodice on her gown!