Fashion plates from Gallery of Fashion, 1795-1796 and a picture of my inspired-by look for a 1790s ball.  These are related to my recent blog post about diamond jewelry in 1790s fashion plates

Gallery of Fashion, July 1798. 

Another yellow court gown.  May I take a moment to point out the most epic feather in the history of feathers. 

La Belle Assemblee, Dress of the Court of France, 1819. 

Another beautiful court gown as an apology.  I don’t typically like yellow very much, but this is such a bright and cheery color that I can forgive it!

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!

Gallerie des Modes, 1779. 

What a lovely combination of color, shape, and trim!

Royal Lady’s Magazine, Court and Ball Dress, April 1831. 

Holy Cats!  This is magnificent.  Look at that glorious overskirt!  Gold and purple are always so stunning together!  And her headdress!  All the feathers!  Exclamation point!

(And I guess that pink gown is pretty great, too.)

Gallery of Fashion, Court Dress, July 1797. 

You know, Court Dresses of the 1790s will never cease to make me laugh. They are just so hilarious and crazy

The Fashions and Follies of our Grandfathers, Court Dress Worn at Her Majesty’s Birthday, January 1807

A new publication I discovered today- weird name, right?  I thought it was going to be an 1807 publication talking about 18th century fashions, but it has plates of 1807 fashions.  Lucky us!

Fashions of London and Paris, Court Dress, January 1799. 

Would you EVER believe that this batshit crazy dress was accurate if you saw someone wearing it?  Proof positive that they wore some seriously bizarre gowns back then. 

Kyle, a reader via the Dames a la Mode Facebook Page, requested that I do red and green combinations for Christmas.  Because requests make me very, very happy, I’ll oblige!  It isn’t a terribly common color combination, but I’ll be posting some over the next few days.  Enjoy, and happy holidays!



(Oh yeah!  This is Gallerie des Modes from 1787!)

La Belle Assemblee, Court Dress, June 1834. 

Now THAT is a dress!

Fashions of London and Paris, Court Dress, May 1798. 

1790s court fashions: WTF is up with you?!


Court dress, 1809 France, Costume Parisien

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Very lovely plate (and one I’ve never seen before!) but the date is actually 1804/1805.  Anything with the “An” on it pre-dates 1806, when they starting dating the plates with more easily recognizable years!  

(via lesleyannemcleod)

Gallerie des Modes, 1778. 

What a gown!  Gorgeous color, trimmed to the teeth in fur!  She’s a real stunner. 

Gallery of Fashion, July 1796. 

Wow- that is QUITE a variety of trimming!