The Colonial Dancing Master
The Lady Patronesses of Almack's
The Assembly Rooms, Bath
Ball Dress, 1800, from Journal des Luxus und der Moden, ?1800-14. This dress actually seems a little awkward for dancing with the tight fit of the sleeves and bodice and the train on the overdress.
Left: Ball Dress, 1801, from Journal des Dames et des Modes, also called Costume Parisien, 1797-1839. Plate is labeled "An 9." This ball dress is so daring that the lady's left nipple is showing, which may not be visible at this size and resolution. This dress was copied by The Ladies Magazine in their February of 1801 issue (see right figure), but the neckline was raised to cover the nipples. The train is trimmed with two rows of fabric roses, while the darker overdress is fringed.
Right: Ball Dress, February 1801, from The Lady's Magazine, or Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex, Appropriated Solely to Their Use and Amusement, 1770-1837. This ball dress was copied from a more daring plate in the Paris Journal des Dames (see left figure). The roses trimming the train, the darker overdress with fringe are the same as the Paris plate, but the neckline is much higher.
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