Emma, Lady Hamilton, dancing the tarantella

by William Lock & Mariano Bovi, London, 1796

Not a fashion plate, but too gorgeous to pass by…

(Source: onlyartists)

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!

Gallery of Fashion, July 1796. 

The green gown is a gorgeous color, and what an unusual bonnet she has!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1821. 

One of the best uses of flowers to ever grace the pages of this blog! 

Journal de la Mode et du Gout, November 1790. 

Pretty girl!

Cabinet des Modes (Magasin des Modes), October 1786. 

These are some really great detail shots of their hair!

Gallerie des Modes, 1778. 

(Deepest apologies for my absence, readers!  I started a new job this week and have been working like a fool, so my blogging time has been nil.  In addition, my internet at home is being weird so it’s made keeping things updated challenging.  I’m trying!)

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1829. 

One of my readers, Guacira (all the way from Brazil!), just sent this fashion plate and a few others to me.  Isn’t it beautiful!  It’s a big image, too, so open it in a new tab to see all the detail.  

Thank you so much to everyone who reads this blog!  You guys are so generous and supportive and you make running this tumblr a delight!  And thank you especially, Guacira, for sending this along.  

Ackermann’s Repository, Full Dress, May 1811

La Belle Assemblee, Evening and Ball Dresses, March 1828.

Wow, the print on that blue gown is lovely!  One of my favorite things about the 1820s and 1830s is that they started embracing bold prints for evening wear which you don’t see a lot of in the 1800s and 1810s.  I’m always a fan of stripes!

Royal Lady’s Magazine, Evening and Ball Dresses, February 1831. 

The overdress thingy on the evening dress is quite unusual!  I love the flash of pink in the lining!

The Follies and Fashions of our Grandfathers, Evening Full Dress for Ladies and Gentlemen, February 1807.

Magasin des Modes, February 1787. 

Everything about this is crazy! 

La Belle Assemblee, Ball and Opera Dresses, April 1834.