Incroyables et Merveilleuses de 1814

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Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1818. 

I’ve started selling paper millinery flowers in my Etsy shop.  I’ve been doing a lot of research on flowers in 18th and 19th century millinery and am so captivated by the lovely way they used flowers and leaves.  I’ll post some inspiration images over the next few days. 

I hope you’ll check out my shop for paper flowers and historic ribbons (we can’t forget the ribbons!)

Cabinet des Modes, February 1786. 

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)

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!

Gallery of Fashion, December 1798. 

Ooooh I love both of these!  The yellow lining and accents on the blue is great, and the whole cut and fit of the white is charming!  I especially love the very subtle puffs on her sleeves!

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. 

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 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!

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

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1826. 

I am LOVING those awesome van dyked ruffles on the hems!

The Lady’s Museum, Morning and Evening Dress, November 1819. 

THAT. PELISSE.  Easily one of the loveliest things I have ever posted on this here tumblr.  The colors are so gorgeous and I adore that trim work. 

Journal de la Mode et du Gout, January 1791. 

I’m not the biggest fan of yellow, but I do love the simple blue trim!