Court dress. July 1796. Petticoat of white crape, embroidered in silver.

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Court dress. July 1796.

Court dress. July 1796.

The hair dressed into a small toupée. Chiffonet of lilac tiffany, crossed and tied on the left side with silver cord and tassels. One yellow, one lilac, and one white ostrich feather; a stem of laurel leaves in green foil; and a diamond pin in the front.

Petticoat of white crape, embroidered in silver, yellow, and lilac; trimmed with a lilac and silver fringe, headed with a broad yellow riband; drapery of yellow crape, trimmed also with a lilac and silver fringe; festoons of flowers, and yellow and lilac taffeta; four large bows of broad lilac satin riband, tied up with silver cords and tassels. Body and train of lilac tiffany, spotted with silver; double plaiting of blonde round the neck and sleeves. Silver girdle. Diamond necklace and ear-rings. Bell lappets of white blonde. Yellow silk shoes, embroidered in silver.

Source: The Gallery of Fashion Vol. 3,. April 1796 To March 1797.  Published by Nikolaus von Heideloff, London. 


Note:  Empire Romantic. Young lady wears a ballroom ensemble of the 1820's.

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