Dresses of January 1795 from The Gallery of Fashion

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This is the eighth issue of the journal, Vol. I, no. 10. The volumes run from April to March. In this issue, there are two plates and two pages of description. Plate one features figure 36 and is labelled "Morning Dress." Plate one is shown below in greyscale. Plate 2 features figures 37, 38, and 39 and is labelled "Afternoon Dresses." Plate 2 is shown below in color.


Bonnet of black velvet, trimmed with purple satin and purple satin riband, forming a large bow in the front and behind. One black ostrich feather placed in the front. The hair dressed in light curls; the hind hair in ringlets. Round gown of striped and figured dimity, scalloped in coquelicot. Large muslin handkerchief and full cravat. Coquelicot-coloured sash. French grey satin cloak, trimmed with white fur. Black and white striped fur muff. Red Morocco slippers.

Dresses in Polonaise style. The polonaise "consisted of a dress or overdress, the tightly-boned bodice lined as far as the waist, with a skirt opening from the waist downwards, suggested by the national dress of Polish women" (Lesley Gordon, A Gallery of Fashion, Exeter: Webb and Bower, 1984, p. 24). The lady in front has a spangled satin skirt trimmed with gold fringe under her red polonaise overdress. She has a white fur tippet draped around her neck. The lady in the center has a headdress that matches her polonaise in color, while next to her is a lady in a black-stripped rose polonaise. Her headdress has pearls twisted around the bandeau, while her plumes have some pink dye on them to match the dress.

Details of the heads

Detail of shoe and hem

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