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Walking Dresses


Walking Dress, c. 1790-1, from Journal de la Mode et du Gout.
A high bonnet trimmed with flowers and plumes is worn by this lady. Her dress has a simple trim at the cuffs and hem. A sash draws attention to her small waist. Embroidery borders the kerchief of the dress.


May 5, 1790, Plate 2. Issue no. 8.
Journal de la Mode et du Gout,
Fashionable dress.

June 15, 1790, Plate 2. Issue no. 7.
Journal de la Mode et du Gout
,
Female dress l'anglaise.


Left: Walking Dresses, 1797, from Nicholas Heideloff's Gallery of Fashion, 1794-1802. The lady on the left wears a white gown with a tartan belt and band around the hem. She nestles her head down in to her generous brown fur muff. Her friend wears a rose print gown topped by a warm shawl with the same colors of the dress banding the edges. The winter landscape might explain the small feathers on their hats.

Right: Walking Dress with Pelisse, 1798, from Nicholas Heideloff's Gallery of Fashion. This pale purple pelisse would be a joy to snuggle into, with its gold cord and grey fur trim. The dress is open enough to see a white muslin gown beneath it with an elaborate lace collar. The ruby turban is of plum velvet with a curving black plume.

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