La Belle Assemblée, April 1812
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April Vol. 5, No. 31 (1812)
EXPLANATION OF THE PRINTS OF FASHION.
No. 1. --EVENING DRESS.
An embroidered white crape, or fine India muslin frock, with long sleeves, and trimmed round the bottom with fine lace, set on full, worn over a blush colour satin or sarsnet slip; the frock ornamented down the front of the skirt with beads and lace in the Eygptian style. Parisian mob, worn unfastened, of puckered pink, and white crape over pink satin. Small pink satin tippet,with full plaiting of lace. Cestus of pale pink, confined by a clasp of pearl. Pink satin slippers, with white rosettes. The jewellery worn with this dress is the shaded cornelian, or large pearls.
Fig. Kit-Cat.--A ruby pelisse of sarsnet, with a collar applique of white satin; the pelisse confined by a silver belt; sempstress bonnet of white satin, edged with vandyke lace, and ornamented in front with a full bunch of red ranunculus; old English ruff, edged with fine narrow lace of a vandyke pattern.
[from page 212] In vain, during three or four days of spring-like appearance, in the month of April, did our fashionables throw off the warm pelisse, the Polish wrap, and close Indian coat, adopt the tasteful spenser, and fold carelessly around their forms the elegant drapery of the cachemire scarf shawl; the keen easterly wind again recalled the comfortable pelisse, with fur tippets, velvet caps, and all the other appendages of winter's frozen reign. Fashion was at a stand; nothing novel in the pelisse way was invented.
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