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Engraven for the 2 nd Number of the New Serus of La Belle Assemblee Pub. by I Bell March 2 1810

FASHIONS

FOR

MARCH, 1810.

EXPLANATION OF THE PRINTS OF FASHION,

ENGLISH COSTUME.,

No. 1.-HYDE-PARK WALKING DRESS.

A pelisse of black Merino cloth or velvet, buttoned from the throat to the fect, made to fit tight to the shape with a baud and crape, ornamented with a double row of gold braiding, or an oriental embossed silk trimming, worn over a chemisette of French lawn. A Spanish hat and flat drooping ostrich feather tipped with orange. Half boots of black or orange coloured Morocco, Angola muff lined with yellow; the hair lightly curled on the left side with a thick braid crossing the face. Earrings of gold, or amber. Gloves of York tau.

No. 2.-EVENING FULL DRESS.

A white satin round dress, with half yard train, laced up the back and seams with gold twist, ornamented round the neck with a full twill of frosted satin or white crape, and down the front and at the wrist with gold braiding, and small drop buttons. It is made to sit high on the neck; cut to a point in the centre of the bosom and back: a gold band encircles the waist. A white satin Emsdorf helmet trimmed with gold, ornamented with two white craped ostrich feathers. White satin shoes embroidered with gold; white kid gloves; gold necklace and ear-rings; cornelian brooch. The hair dressed in ringlets on each side the face, with a long Theresa curl falling over the left shoulder.

No. 3.-SECOND FIGURE.

An India muslin train over a white satin petticoat. A boddice of green velvet, ornamented at the seams with gold braiding, and trimmed round the neck with a twill of green crape or velvet. A Spanish cap, with green craped ostrich feathers.

DESCRIPTION OF SEVERAL DRESSES WORN
BY LADIES OF DISTINCTION.

1. A white satin dress ornamented with a silver chain trimming round the bosom and sleeves; a girdle of pink japan, large before, but graduating toward the end. The headdress a silver chain in the octagon form, bound Ne IVA I-N. S

twice round the head; it is worn under the hair on one side the face, which is dressed very full in ringlets, and falls over; on the other, it is confined under the band, and merely curled in simple round curls. Earrings and necklace of pink topaz.

2. A gown of Egyptian brown velvet, embroidered round the neck with shaded brown chenilles, a small shell silver trimming round the bosom and sleeves; a drapery of yellow crape showered with spangles, crossing the shoulders, and confined to the waist before by a silver band. The head-dress a band and crescent of topaz. Diamond necklace and

earrings.

3. A gold coloured satin dress, embroidered round the bosom and sleeves with silver. | The head-dress a gold elastic chain band, with a demi-train of yellow foil. Necklace and earrings of diamonds or pearls.

4. A satin robe of maiden's blush, confined to the waist by a clasp or girdle of diamonds; a silver spangled handkerchief thrown over one shoulder. Head-dress, two rows of large pearls confined to a diamond loop in front; a demi-tiara of pink foil placed across the band on the left side; the hind hair brought forward, aud disposed by a pearl comb so as to fall low in ringlets over the face. Necklace of pearls, diamond earrings and eross.

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5. Pale green crape train dress, with white satin body and short sleeves, embroidered in silver and shaded green chenilles; worn over a white satin petticoat; head-dress, a band of oblong French pearl beads, set with brilliants, brought low on the forehead; the hair in light Theresa ringlet curls on each side the face; a small richly spangled silver handkerchief thrown over the head; necklace of emerald or ruby.

6. White crape train dress, with pale pink sa tin body showered with silver; head-dress, a band of pearls with a diamond ornament in the oblong or loop form in the centre, the hind hair brought forward on the left side, falling in light ringlets over the band which is thus partly shaded; necklace of pearls, with a pink topaz cross, earrings in the drop form to correspond.

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GENERAL OBSERVATIONS

AND REFLECTIONS ON
FASHION AND DRESS.

An eminent writer addressing himself to the female sex, observes," Dress is an important article in female life. The love of dress is natural, therefore it is proper and reasonable. Good sense will regulate your expence in it, and good taste will direct you to dress in such a way as to conceal any ble. mishes, and set off your beauties, if you have any, to the greatest advantage. But much delicacy and judgment are required in the application of this rule. A fine woman shews her charms to most advantage when she seems most to conceal them. The finest bosom in nature is not so fine as what imagination forms. The most perfect elegance of dress appears always the most easy and the least studied."

The same writer goes on to recommend, "That attention to dress be not confined to public appearance. Accustom yourself to an habitual neatness, so that in the most careless andress, in your most unguarded hours, you may have no reason to be ashamed of your appearance. You will not easily believe how mach men consider your dress as expressive of your characters. Vanity, levity, slovenliness, folly, appear through it. An elegant simplicity is an equal proof of taste and delieacy."

Speaking on elegance, the same writer says, "This is not so much a quality itself as the high polish of every other. It is what diffuses an ineffable grace over every look, every motion, every sentence you utter. It gives that charm to beauty, without which it generally fails to please. It is partly a personal quality, in which respect it is the gift of nature; but here it is treated of as a quality of the mind. In a word, it is the perfection of taste in life and manners: every virtue and every excellency in their most graceful and amiable forms. "

Having sciccted a variety of the most eiegant dresses worn by women of the most approved taste, as well as of the first rank and fashion, we shall proceed, according to our usual method, to some few observations on their more particular formation. Pelisses and mantles have undergone no variation since our last communications. A mantle of very pale fawn colour Merino cloth, with large hood, lined with pink silk, worn with a Highfand cap of the same material, ornamented with two small flat ostrich feathers of the same cower, is a most becoming dress to a fair

complexion. We have observed several in very dark green, lined with pink or orange, with straw cottage bonuets trimmed with velvet flowers or shaded ostrich feathers. Pelisses are made to fit tight to the shape without a band, with a broad trimming of sable or of the Nootka Sound otter. They are mostly made in velvet of the colour of rubies, garnet, royal purple, or puce some are ornamented round the bottom with a very broad embossed figured ribband.

Morning dresses are still made in plain cambric, with oblong spots or sprigs of lace let in on the bosom and sleeves. Small lace caps tied down with coloured silk or gause handkerchiefs, ornamented in front with a demi-tiara of fancy flowers, or a knot of pinks or ranunculus. Gloves and shoes of correspondent colours.

Dinner, or home dresses, are mostly composed of stuff, cloth, or velvet, embroidered or trimmed with gold, with long sleeves and moderate trains; either high in the neck with a falling collar of worked muslin, or full twill of lace, or just above the rise of the bosom with a white crape habit-shirt, or standing frill of lace plain round the neck. Velvet Turkish caps, gold bands, and spangled nets, are much worn on the head.

Bands in every species of jewels are now the prevailing ornaments for the head; they are worn low over the face, with a diamond or other open work, clasp or loop in the centre of the forehead. The hair curled on each side in ringlets, the hind hair brought forward, and disposed so as to fall over the left side the face.

No variety has taken place in shoes; they are still embroidered in gold or silver, in the device of a star.

In respect to the jewellery, the greatest novelty is the band for the head; they are formed by two rows of coloured stones or pearls fastened to au ornament in the centre. Girdlcs in coloured gems distinguish the woman of fashion. Earrings are made in the top and drop fashion. Brooches in the form of sprigs or flowers, with gems of appropriate hues.

The prevailing rolours for the season are ruby, garnet, puce, purple, orange, grássgreen, and coquelicot.

TO CORRESPONDENTS.~Many inquiries having been made as to the name of the inventor of the elegant Full Dress given in our lust Num ber, we have to inform our Readers and Subscribers, that it was designed by Airs. Barclay, Frith-street, Soho.

MONTHLY MISCELLANY.
MONTH

INCLUDING

VARIETIES, CRITICAL, LITERARY, AND HISTORICAL.

PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS. COVENT-GARDEN-A new Dramatic Ex. hibition, arranged by Mr Farley, was represented for the first time, at this theatre, eutitled The Free Knights; or, The Edict of Charlemagne."-The story is as follows : — Agnes, the infant daughter of the late Prince Palatine, upon her father's death, being at some distance, Count Manfredi is dispatched by her uncle to escort her to Court, but with scer-t instructions to destroy her and thus make way for his usurpation. The Count seemingly consented, the better to preserve the Princess, and on their journey he dismissed her train, to bear her secretly to some foreign friendly court-in this attempt they are attacked by a banditti, and Manfredi, believing Apnes was slain, fled. The young Princess being supposed dead, her uncle usurps the throne, and, to destroy Manfredi's evidence, aims at bis destruction; but the Count, in disguise, This play, which is the production of Mr. and under the assumed name of Belarmin, || Reynolds, is full of much interesting action in sought and obtained protection in Corbey the serious parts, but is perfectly destitute of Abbey, built by Charlemagne, to commemo-merit in that portion which pretends to corate his victories, and by him endowed with incdy. It is, like the other pieces of this writer, gift or sanctuary, and its Abbots with the pre- a mere canvass for stage scenery; so many rogative of pardon.--At Baron Ravensberg's wooden pegs to produce all the silk and velvet Castle, where the Prince is on a visit, to be and tinsel of the house. We have always present at the celebration of young Ravens strenuously resisted the introduction of any berg's nuptials, he sees, and recognises in the thing of this kind, which tends to bring Pantoperson of Agres Lindorf, his niece, whom hemime and Spectacle in their wrong place. Let long thonght dead. He conceals his know- Bine Beard and Mother Goose have as much ledge of her, demands of the Baron her history, magnificence as the managers can afford them; and is by him informed, that about fourteen but let Comedy stand upon its own legs, upon years back he had found her exposed on the its dialogue, character, and natural fable. banks of the Danube, that he had adopted her, and from that time brought her up as his daughter. The Prince appears satisfied, but secretly dispatches Walbowg to the court of the Free Knights, who soon returns, accoinpanied by some of its members, summoning Agnes Lindorf to appear before them. Young Ravensberg, who had just been elected a Free Knight, and had witnessed, with dismay, the horrid proceedings of a court which spread terror throughout Germany, would openly have protected the Princess, but is preyented by the Prince Palatine, who threatens him with the vengeance of the brotherhood, should he persist.

The audience were very favourable to this piece, and the public will doubtless, from the powerful attractions of the scenery, go in crowds to see it.

A new Farce has been produced at this Theatre, entitled "A Budget of Blunders."

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This whimsical trifle opens with a view of a country ale-house, the sign of the Bell, where Dr. Smug face is discovered discoursing with a waiter: we are soon taught to understand that he is the suitor of Sophia, who is secretly euamoured with Captain Belgrave. A servant delivers a letter to Dr. Le Blanc cour, who keeps a house for the reception of lunatics, situated near the Bell.

The youth (between whom and Agnes, a mutual inclination subsists) has recourse to stratagem, and at the trial of the Princess for an attempt to poison the usurper, he is one of the most forward to accuse her, by which means he stifles suspicion, and is chosen to convey to Agnes the warrant for her execution, and to see her sentence put in force. Instead of the warrant, Ravensberg delivers to her a paper, explaining his designs, and pointing out the

means by which she may escape, which she in consequence effects, and flies for sanctuary to Corbey Abbey--she is there protected by the Abbot (Bellarmin), who finding her accused as the daughter of Manfredi, and that her accuser is the Prince Palatine, is convinced of her innocence-He dispatches Ravensburg to his father for information respecting the fugitive, and, by the intelligence he receives, finds his sovereign under his protection. The Prince Palatine, thus foiled, attacks the Abbey, forces its gates, commands Agnes to be dragged from the sanctuary, and is on the point of sacrificing the Princess, when the Abbot proclaims her his lawful sovereign.-The Prince, appalled, drops his sword, and stung with remorse of conscience, acknowledges his guilt. The Princess accepts the hand of Ravensburg, and the drania concludes with the ceremony of the installation of the Abbot.

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