June 1796. England Opera dresses.
Dress à l’Espagnole. The front hair combed straight on the forehead; the side hair in ringlets, and the hind hair in three loops, the ends returned in ringlets. Fancy-hat of white and lilac-coloured taffeta. White muslin gown; short sleeves, puffs, and Vandyke scallops of lilac silk. Small handkerchief trimmed with broad blonde. Pearl necklace. Diamond ear-rings.
The front hair combed straight on the forehead; the side hair in ringlets; the hind hair turned up plain, and the ends returned in ringlets. Turban of silver net, looped at the right side with a silver band. One light-blue, two white brush feathers, and a large diamond pin, with a diamond aigrette, on the left side. Robe of yellow stained muslin; short sleeves. White satin girdle with small roses, and shoulder clasps. Small handkerchief trimmed with blonde.
The toupee dressed large, and in small curls; plain chignon, falling very low on the back; two wreaths of green foil round the toupee and a bouquet of white roses on the left side. Robe of silver tissue embroidered in the shell pattern; short sleeves trimmed with lace; full épaulettes of Italian gauze. Tucker of broad lace. Wreath of green foil round the neck, fastened in the front and upon the shoulders with diamond rosettes. Sash of white satin riband, tied on the right side into a bow. Festoon pearl neck-lace, with a medallion. Large pearl ear-rings.
Source: The Gallery of Fashion Vol. 3. April 1796 To March 1797. Published by Nikolaus von Heideloff, London.
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