June 1795. Evening Dresses. Ladies in the Great Concert Room.
The hair in light curls; the hind hair in ringlets. Chiffon of Italian gauze, crossed with laurels. Two white ostrich feathers, and one white feather d’esprit on the right side. Robe of fine lawn, the bottom embroidered in white; long sleeves, trimmed at the wrists with lace, the tops and body ornamented with silk cords, buttons, and tassels. Small handkerchief within the robe. Ruff of white blonde lace round the neck. Medallion suspended by a white riband. Diamond ear-rings. White gloves and shoes.
The hair in light curls and ringlets. Turban of lilac-coloured taffeta; gold foil band on the left side, and a wreath of roses on the right. One white and lilac, and two white ostrich feathers placed in the front. Chemise of figured muslin. Full short sleeves, tied in three parts. Small handkerchief within, trimmed with a narrow lace, and a small lilac-coloured silk handkerchief over it. Small gold necklace. Medallion suspended by a gold chain. Gold loop ear-rings. White gloves and shoes.
The hair dressed in curls and ringlets. Turban of pink crape; the one end fulling behind, embroidered in gold. Gold foil band on the left side. Plain lawn petticoat. Robe à l’enfantine of embroidered lawn, trimmed round the neck and the sides, down to the bottom, with a broad pink riband; short puckered sleeves. Small handkerchief within the robe à l’enfantine. Two strings of pearls round the neck. Diamond ear-rings. While gloves and shoes.
Source: The Gallery of Fashion Vol. 2. April 1795 To March 1796. Published by Nikolaus von Heideloff, London.
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