The Gallery of Fashion. Morning Dresses. September 1794.
Petticoat of spotted muslin.
White and purple striped sarcenet hat, with an embroidered purple border, trimmed round the crown with a rose-coloured gauze handkerchief, occasionally tied under the chin with rose-coloured riband. The side hair frizzed into large curls; the hair behind turned up, and tied very low with a white rosette.
A round gown of muslin with long sleeves, trimmed at the wrists with lace, and tied with rose-coloured ribands. The short sleeves over them, and the border of the gown embroidered in white. Handkerchief of plain lawn put within the gown. Gold ear-rings. Rose-coloured gloves and shoes.
Sky-blue beaver hat, trimmed round the crown with a broad purple riband, forming a large bow in the front, A large yellow ostrich feather placed behind the bow, inclining forwards. The hair frizzed into small curls; the side-hair and the hair behind falling in ringlets upon the neck and back. Festoon necklace of coloured beads. Gold-ear-rings.
Petticoat of spotted muslin. Lawn handkerchief put within the gown. White and rose-coloured striped chintz gown; short sleeves, with a full cuff of white lawn trimmed at the top and bottom with a broad edging; a plaiting of the same round the neck. Yellow bow placed behind in the centre of tile waist. Sky-blue gloves and shoes.
Source: The Gallery of Fashion Vol. 1. April 1794 to March 1795. Published by Nikolaus von Heideloff, London.
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