Court dress July 1794.
HEAD-DRESS. A chiffonet of Italian gauze; the bandeau composed of three rows of white pearls; two rows of the same pearls twisted round the chiffonet. Three plain white feathers, and two edged with lilac placed in the head-dress. Several diamond pins, fancifully disposed in tile hair.
Bell lappets of gauze, tied in different parts with pearls. The hair very lightly frizzed, thrown into a variety of curls and ringlets, and intermixed with the chiffonet. Plain chignon.
Petticoat of white silver tissue, trimmed at the bottom with a deep silver fringe, headed with a wreath of bulrushes; festoons or tile same tied up with silver tassels. Body and train of striped lilac and silver tissue, trimmed with silver fringe. Loose sleeves of Rutland gauze, tied with a silver cord. Ruffles of rich blonde; a double plaiting of the same round the neck. A plain white bow in the front, and a large bouquet on the left side. Ear-rings and necklace or diamonds. White shoes embroidered with silver.
Source: THE GALLERY OF FASHION Vol. 1,. April 1794 to March 1795. Published by Nikolaus von Heideloff, London.
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