La Belle Assemblée, January 1813
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January Vol. 7, No. 41 (1812)
EXPLANATION OF THE PRINTS OF FASHION.
No. 1. --HALF DRESS.
Plain frock of amber satin cloth, shot with white, and ornamented round the bosom and the waist with a rich white silk trimming, which is called frost work; it is the lighest and the most elegant thing we have seen for some time, and is universally worn; a double row of this trimming crosses the breast, and forms the shape of the bosom: the back, which is plain and very broad, is ornamented with pearl buttons, or small silk ones to correspond with the trimming. White lace sleeves, made very full, fastened about the middle of the arm by a broad band of letting in lace, and drawn up by two buttons near the shoulder, while the fullness which falls near the bottom is confined by one; plain demi-train. Regency cap of white lace ...
White satin round frock, which laces behind, and is made to display the whole of the neck and shoulders; back extremely broad, and the waist as they were worn last month; a superb embroidery of oak leaves, which has a beautiful effect, goes round the bosom, the sleeves, and the bottom of the dress, which is also ornamented up the front by a piece of embroidery not quite a quarter of a yard in width, of acorns worked in gold thread, very much raised, and intermingled oak wreaths to correrspond with the trimming of the bosom; short sleeve, ornamented with a rich gold tassel on the shoulder.
[from page 36] The Wellington mania which we announced in one of our former Numbers, has for some time subsided, and every thing now takes its name from our beloved Regent; hats, caps, dresses, mantles, in short all the paraphernalia of a well dressed belle is distinguished by that appellation; and so various are the habilments which have no other name, that we were not surprised at hearing a young lady from the county inquire the other day of a fashionable dress-maker at the west end of the town who had been shewing her a variety of head-dresses, "Pray, after all, which of these is the real Regency cap?"
[from page 38] Nuns' veils are more on the decline than they have been for some time; the few fashionables who do still continue to wear them, throw them carelessly over the shoulders.-- Slippers have in great measure given place to sandals, which are embroidered, as we noticed in our last Number ...
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