The Gallery of Fashion. June 1794.
Morning Dresses. A PEEP INTO KENSINGTON GARDENS.
Straw-colored gipsy hat, trimmed with lilac riband formed into a large bow in the front, and into a very small one behind; tied under the chin with a liIac-colored silk. handkerchief. One white, and one lilac ostrich feather, placed on the left side. The hair in light curls, falling down behind, bound with a white half handkerchief, tied in the front into a large bow. Round gown of fine Indian callico, trimmed with a narrow flounce; long sleeves trimmed at the wrist with lace. Lilac-colored sash tied into a small bow, the ends as long as the train. Lawn handkerchief, over it another of lilac-colored silk, turned under the arms, and tied behind. Yellow shoes. Jonquille colored gloves.
Plain chip hat, trimmed with purple ribands. Hair lightly frizzed; chignon turned up in a loose plait. Plain muslin gown and petticoat. Short sleeves, trimmed at the elbows with lace. Full cravat round the neck. Small lawn handkerchief tied behind. Black silk cloak, trimmed with very broad lace. Lead-colored gloves. Green fan.
Demi-gipsy hat, trimmed with green ribands, forming a large bow in tile front, and a very small one behind. A narrow white net, plaited round the edge of the brim, its two points lied with narrow green ribands, passing under the ringlets, and forming behind a small bow. Two party-colored feathers on the left side. Hair in easy curls; chignon turned up plain, and the ends returned in ringlets. Chemise of spotted muslin; the sleeves tied in two parts with green ribands. Cross-striped green and white sash. Jonquille colored gloves. Yellow shoes.
Source: The Gallery of Fashion Vol. 1. April 1794 to March 1795. Published by Nikolaus von Heideloff, London.
Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras (Abradale Books) by Beatrice Fontanel.
Thoughout the ages, women's breasts have been subjected to the endless whims of fashion.
From the ancient Greeks to Mae West and Madonna, this light-hearted book charts the changing shapes of female beauty. The elegant and amusing images - including fashion drawings, paintings, photographs, and film stills - illustrate the often surprising history of the garments women have worn for support - and seduction.