Incroyables et Merveilleuses de 1814

Epic shade-throwing from the guy in the tophat…


Gallant with beautiful watch, looking for the sun at noon to check it, he is dressed in a ciselé Velvet Coat, egg-shaped Buttons, English Stockings, etc. - Galerie des Modes, 58e Cahier, 2e Figure

You gotta love a man with striped stockings and comically huge buttons!

The Follies and Fashions of our Grandfathers, June 1807.

What a magnificent cloak!  Yellow on yellow is a great combination and such a striking color!  (Also:  He’s hot)

The Follies and Fashions of our Grandfathers, Morning Dresses, August 1807.

Oooh!  What a lovely parasol!

The Follies and Fashions of our Grandfathers, July 1807.

I almost didn’t post this one because the quality is so low, but a few elements were irresistable:  the bright colors, “the coat trimmed all round with a border of small brown roses,” and the spats on his shoes- SWOON!

Journal des Luxus, 1788.

Wow.  This is a guy who is NOT afraid to combine color and patterns!  Also, I’m pretty sure his coat and waistcoat are trimmed with fringe, which is pretty incredible.  

Gallerie des Modes, 1779. 

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

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. 

The Follies and Fashions of our Grandfathers, May 1807.

Oh, how I wish this was a higher quality scan!  That said, you can still see the excellent Greek Key-like trim on the gown, and it is yellow and grey- my current color obsession!

The Follies and Fashions of our Grandfathers, April 1807.

That’s a lovely pelisse she has!  The asymmetry of the skirts, the fur banding around the sleeve caps, and the high collar are all very interesting features!

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

The Follies and Fashions of our Grandfathers, January 1807.

I love the fur trim on this walking dress, and of course a well-dressed gentleman is the best accessory of all!

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!

Gallerie des Modes, 1778. 


Town and Country Magazine, March 1789. 

What a rakish hat you have there, sir!