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. 

The Follies and Fashions of our Grandfathers, Concert Dress, September 1807.

What a truly stunning gown! 

This issue also held a fascinating announcement in the “births” section- typically reserved for the peerage and famous people- that I couldn’t resist throwing in:

"Lately a poor woman, aged 22 years, residing in Lahinch, near Ennistimon, Ireland, was safely delivered of five children, three sons and two daughters, who, with the mother, are all in a most thriving way."

Imagine QUINTUPLETS in 1807!  I’m sure she and everyone else involved was quite surprised and it seems like a miracle that they all survived given the risks associated with multiple births. 

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.)

Petit Courrier des Dames, 1832.

As much as I find 1830s clothing to be vile and repulsive, I have to admit that I find the embroidery (print?) on this gown to be so lovely. Also that bonnet. DAT BONNET.

Gallery of Fashion, Morning Dress, April 1796. 

Holy harlequin muff!  I am DYING for that thing!

Muslin Pattern, La Belle Assemblee, 1819. 

These would look so beautiful done in whitework on a muslin gown!

Ackermann’s Repository, Ball Dress, April 1811.

Too short!

Journal des Luxus, 1791. 


La Belle Assemblee, Muslin Pattern, 1807. 

What a charming little border!


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!  

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

What lovely and unusual colors!

Muslin Pattern, La Belle Assemblee, 1819. 

By the way, this is my 1000th post.  The part of me that likes symmetry is really excited that I hit my 1000th post and 1000th like within one day of each other. Here’s to many thousands more!  

La Belle Assemblee, Promenade Dress, November 1816. 

So charming…

Gallery of Fashion, October 1796. 

There is some really lovely trim on the white gown.  The embroidery is beautiful, but look at the subtle red and white stripe along the edges of the skirts!

(And is it just me, or does the girl in blue look like Cesare’s love interest in The Borgias?)

Ackermann’s Repository, Muslin Pattern, February 1829. 

These are beautiful little motifs!  I would really like to buff up my embroidery skills!