Half Dress, from Ackermann's October 1815
A GOWN of lilac sarsnet, cut low round the bust, which is trimmed with pink ribbon, disposed so as to form a wreath;
the shape of the back is marked by bands of pink, and a large bow in the French style, ornaments the middle of it at the bottom.
The back is full; a plain light front forms the shape in a most becoming manner.
Long full sleeve, composed of clear muslin, trimmed at the wrist with a single row of lace, and finished by a pink bow.
Fichu to correspond, very full trimmed round the throat with lace. The bottom of the skirt is edged with pink, and trimmed with a single flounce of blond lace, set on very full, and surmounted by a wreath of French roses.
Cornette composed of tulle, finished by a quilling of blond round the face, and fastened by a pink bow under the chin; a bow to correspond ornaments it on the forehead, and a bunch of flowers is placed very far back on the head. The style of this cornette, though French, is so simply elegant and becoming, that we have not for some time seen any half-dress cap to equal it.
Plain gold ornaments. White kid gloves, and white kid slippers with pink rosettes.
Well, despite the hyperbole, I don't thing I would be caught dead in the cornette. What about you?
Until next time.......