Russian robe and bonnet. Armenian turban.
Afternoon Dresses January 1796.
The hair dressed in light curls and ringlets. Armenian turban, made of white and York-flame coloured satin, crossed in the front with two strings of pearls, and the ends trimmed with gold fringe. A white ostrich and a blue esprit feather on the left side. Armenian robe of embroidered muslin; the train with a broad hem; full short sleeves; trimming of blonde round the neck, and at the top of the sleeves. Tucker of blonde. Gold cord with two large tassels round the waist, tied at the left side. Two strings of pearls and a festoon gold chain with a medallion round the neck. Diamond ear-rings. White shoes and gloves.
The hair combed straight upon the forehead, the side hair in light curls and ringlets, plain chignon. Russian bonnet of blue satin, trimmed with sable, and tied behind with gold cords and tassels. Lawn petticoat, with a broad embroidered border. Russian robe of blue satin, trimmed with sable; short sleeves trimmed with the same. Close tucker of double plaited lace. Small handkerchief within the belt, drawn together in the front with a diamond slider. Collar of sable round the neck. Diamond ear-rings. White shoes and gloves.
Source: The Gallery of Fashion Vol. 2. April 1795 To March 1796. Published by Nikolaus von Heideloff, London.
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