The Lady's Magazine, or Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex, Appropriated solely to their Use and Amusement, 1801

Volume XXXII for the Year 1801

London: G. G and J. Robinson, No. 25, Pater-noster Row.

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(With an Engraving elegantly coloured.)

[Text is on pages 600-1.]

THE Parisian ladies still wear veils. Silver chess are worn not only in their coiffures à l'antique, but are used to form borders to coloured fichus, plain veils, and sometimes as trimming for robes.

The robes of the latest taste are of blue Turkish muslin: those for full dress, of black crape. The canezouts are trimmed with lace, and without sleeves, or with sleeves without lining: the collar is very high.

Silk and cotton shawls are worn: the ground of the colour called ramoneur (chimney- sweeper) with a white border, or of a Turkish blue ground with an orange border. We meet with many black fichus, some crossed in an X on the bosom. Plain ribbands are worn.

Veils and turbans adorned with chess are the coiffures worn in full dress. At each point of the veil, is a tassel without fringe. The ends of the white shawls have also a similar ornament. The most fashionable shawls are Cashmire, a yard and a quarter wide. The square shawls are from a yard and a half to seven quarters. The black hats, with a small puff in the front, are still worn in the half-dress. The newest necklaces are remarkable for a large plate, either square, oval, or a hexagon, connected with two elastic chains of golden meshes. This plate is frequently set with pearls. In general, pearls are much the vogue in every sort of jewellery. The elastic serpents are still in fashion for bracelets and collars. The cornelian is the favourite stone. Of the turbans, the turban en pyramide is one of the most fashionable. It is a simple muslin handkerchief, brough round the head with a silver band upon the forehead, pointed like a pyramid, and raised upon a foundation. The couffure de fantaisie of the most admired kind, is a small opera hat, with a very flat crown, ornamented with feathers, placed [from p. 601] on the left side of the head. It is met a hat in the shape of a trencher, worn flat upon the right side, with a gold band, bow, and ends; the two hats thus forming a head-dress of two wings.

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