Two Ladies at breakfast in their dressing room.
Morning dresses. November 1794. The Gallery of Fashion. Published by Nikolaus von Heideloff, London.
HEAD-DRESS. A French night cap, the cawl of worked muslin, with a double border aflame in half plaits; round the head, a broad striped riband quilled. with a large bow behind, and in the front. The peignoir, or loose jacket and petticoat of checker muslin, with a very broad hem, and the trimming of plain muslin, scalloped. Large muslin handkerchief within the peignoir. A narrow riband tied round the waist. White mules, or slippers.
HEAD-DRESS. Duke of York’s night cap of dear muslin, the plaits drawn together at the top, and trimmed with a narrow lace, the whole tied round with a small pink riband; deep border edged with the same lace, falling carelessly round the face; a pink riband round the head, tied in a bow behind. Gown and petticoat of fine calico; the petticoat trimmed with a deep flounce of plain muslin; the gown with a capuchin cape, and long sleeves tied at the wrists with pink riband; the whole trimmed with plain muslin. Large muslin handkerchief within the gown. Red Morocco slippers.
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.