The Age of Undress by Amelia Rauser.
Dress in the Age of Jane Austen by Hilary Davidson.
Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley
Ranelagh Evening Dresses, August 1795.
The Gallery of Fashion Vol. 2. Published by Nikolaus von Heideloff, London.
The hair in small curls, and the hind hair in ringlets. Bandeau of fine dear muslin and lilac-coloured silver tissue, intermixed with the hair.
Two white ostrich feathers placed in the front. Brunswick chemise of striped muslin, spotted with silver, the body plaited behind and drawn in the front; trimmed round the neck with a full plaiting of lace; long sleeves trimmed at the wrists with lace; short sleeves over them, trimmed with silver fringe. Sash of narrow white riband. Pearl necklace and ear-rings. White shoes spotted with silver. White gloves.
The hair in curls, the hind hair turned up plain. Bonnet of lilac taffeta, trimmed with a wreath of flowers and lilac riband forming a large bow behind; a white feather spotted with lilac on the left side. Robe and petticoat of India long cloth; the bottom of the petticoat embroidered in colours, and the robe trimmed, round the neck and down the sides to the bottom, with a broad white satin riband; long sleeves cuffed at the wrists.
Sash of lilac-coloured satin, tied on the right into a small bow. Small handkerchief within. Gold necklace and ear-rings. White gloves. Lilac-coloured shoes.
The hair in very small curls; the side hair in larger ones; the hind hair turned up in a double chignon, and the under part hanging down in ringlets. Bandeau of white taffeta, terminating in a short end behind, and intermixed with the curls. Three white ostrich feathers on the left side near the front. Two rows of beads round the head dress.
Robe of fine muslin, with short full sleeves, and a plaiting round the neck. Drapery of white silk fastened on the shoulder with a loop and tassels, the ends, hanging down over the shoulder in the front, trimmed with a fringed embroidery. White gloves. Rose-coloured shoes.
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.