Ladies' Monthly Museum, December 1815
MIRROR OF FASHION
FOR DECEMBER, 1815
[from page 342]
Ball Dresses are of white or coloured crape, with spangles of the same colour; short full Bishop's sleeves, white silk handkerchiefs round the neck, ostrich feathers drooping over the left eye.
Cambric muslin, double-scollop work at the bottom, neck, and sleeves, to correspond. Pelisse, purple velvet or maroon. Back very full. Sleeves rather large, ornamented at the wrist with silk trimming. Collar full, and trimmed in the same manner as the sleeves. Cord and tassel to correspond. Redicule [sic] of the same material as the pelisse, trimmings the same.
The train of coloured satin or crape, festooned at the bottom with rich silk trimming or ribbon. Sleeve rather loose, confined at the wristband, and trimmed in the same manner as the train. The body rather full and low, festooned with satin, and ribbon to correspond. Rich cord and tassel. Hair ornamented with flowers. Buckles seem reviving for shoes, and the colour of the gloves are either pale yellow or in unison with the pelisses.
The above fashions are general.