EVENING DRESS - August 1816 from Ackermann's.
You will not that we are presented with the back of the gown for some reason. Perhaps because of the way it is gathered. It is exceedingly low i n the neckline.
A GOWN of white soft satin, cut low all round the back and bosom.
The skirt gored, and a good deal of fullness thrown behind.
The body, which is disposed in small plaits, displays the shape, as our readers will perceive by our print, to a very great advantage; it is trimmed round the bosom with a wreath of small white net roses, with a little tuft of pearl in the heart of each.
Long loose sleeve, composed of white lace, and finished a la Parisienne with a rich double frill of lace at the wrists.
The skirt is ornamented, in an exquisitely tasteful style, with a broad flounce of rich blond, surmounted by wreaths of roses and deep scollops of white net, the points of which are finished by bows of white satin ribbon. The effect of this trimming is uncommonly beautiful.
Hair, cropped and curled full in the back of the neck, and dressed light, and much parted on the forehead: it is ornamented with a superb white ostrich-plume, at the base of which is an aigrette of diamonds. Neck-lace, ear-rings, and bracelets also of diamond.
White satin slippers, and white kid gloves.
I thought this comment by Ackermann's in the same month interesting enough to add it here.
We see, with pleasure, ladies of distinction give liberal encouragements to English manufactures; and it is but justice to our own, that the productions of our own looms may vie with those of any other country. Our imitations of China crape and French silk, both for dresses and scarfs, are now universally adopted; the former in particular are uncommonly good.
Did you see Poldark last night. The comment about acres of bosom being all the fashion. I thought of that remark when I saw this gown.
Until next time........