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LA BELLE ASSEMBLEE.

FASHIONS
For AUGUST, 1807.

EXPLANATION OF THE PRINTS OF FASHION

ENGLISH COSTUME.

Il jonquil sarsnet, ornamented with a wreath of

similar flowers. liair a waved cro,; oval hoop KENSINGTON-GARDEN DRESSES: earrings; York tan gloves; shoes of jong ille

kid; parasol of bright lavender blos in No. 1.- A plain cambric round dress, a walking length. Roinan spencer of celestial blue

No. 4.-A plair round gown of he frest sarsnet, with Vandyke lappels and falling collar;

cambric, with gored bosom, and slashuri sieves. finished with the same round the botiom of the

Lace tucker, wirt, hell-s. Doed ege. Rose waist, and flowing open in front of the boom,

pelice of jar ,sot muslir, borired all rund wich A village hat of Imperial chip, with bee-hive

needlework and Vai ke. A Gipsy hat of crown, confined under the chin with ribbon the

satin straw, with e'ge d-la eraure, frise tied colour of the spencer. Cropped hair, divided in

across the priwn, and under the, whi., with a the centre of the forehead with full curls. Gloves

handkerchief of Parni, or coloured sit het. and shoes of lemon-coloured kid. Parasol of

Bosom of the gown confined with a bow of salmon-coloured sarsnet.

ribbon to correspond. Straw-colourl' kid gloves

and shoes. Parasol of shaded green sarsact. No. 2-Round train dress of India muslin, with short sleeves, ornamented round the bottom and sleeves with a rich border of needle-work. GENERAL OBSERVATIONS Promenade tippet of Brussels lace, lined with

ON THE white satin. Hat of white chip, or fancy cap of

PRESENT STYLE OF FASHIONABLE lilac satin, with a Brussels lace veil. Hair confined in braids over the right temple, and formed

DECORATION. in loose curls on the opposite side. Gold hoop HAVING given, in regular progression, our earrings. Gloves and slippers of lilac kid. delineations and remarks on the various fashions

of the passing season, we at length offer to our LONDON WALKING DRESSES.

several readers a close of equal animation, at

traction, and splendor. We scarcely ever witNo. 3.-A French jacket and petticoat of nessed a peri d when taste and fashion were more India muslin, finished at the extreme edge in perfectly in unison; nor any season when cleVandyke and beadings of embroidery. Plain gance and grace shone with such unrivalled fas. short sleeve; frock bosom, confined at each cination. Not only ansidst the assemblies of corner of the bust, where the jacket falls in easy rank and opulence, but in those simple unob. lappels. Full frill of French net round the trusive adornments appropriated to "he interme. back and shoulders. Brunswick bonnet of pale || diate slation in those chaste habits becoming

such as more in a more domesticated sphere, || The hair in alternate ringlets, and bands, was have our fair country-women exhibited testi- l) ornamented with the same flowers, trastefully monies of their advancement in taste, and the disposed. A sandal of white sa:in, laced with graces of life.

green chord, fastened with a tassel above the The era is long since past, when the daughters bend of the ankle. of our Isle condescended to turn copyists; and The second dress, which struck us as singularly the females of a neighbouring kingdom are now | attractive, was styled the Cashmerian robe.' happy to aid their exhausted inventions, by This dress was formed of azure blue crape, with adopting the correct graces of English style. alternate spots of blue and silver foil, and ornaWhen, therefore, we offer a sample of Parisian mented at the extreme edge with silver fringe. It decorations, it is more with a view of rendering was worn over a white satin round dress; was our information extensive, various, and amusing, fastened with a pearl brooch on the left shoulder, than from the necessity of offering to British and fell in a kind of Roman drapery round the females prototypes for imitation.

form in front, gradually descending till it comAlthough the metropolis is gradually losing on posed the train, completing the most elegant the score of fashionable attraction, yet do the tout ensemble that imagination could paint. The Opera, Vauxhall, and our summer Theatres, stin head-dress, worn with this habit, consisted of a continue to exhibit a crowded display of beauty small half-square of blue patent-net, spangled and fashion. Pleasure still holds her court within and bordered with silver. It was tied simply its walls; and her votaries, beguiled by her va across the forehead, in the Chinese style, beyond rious allurements, seem reluctant to quit the which the hair appeared in dishevelled curls, and field.

occasionally fell over the handkerchief. The Litile alteration is visible in the out-door cos. || shoes were blue satin, with silver rosets. tume since our last cominunication; but at Dress gowns are still worn high in the bosom, Vauxhall we observe a novelty and grace of land very low on the back and shoulders. No style appropriate to that place of captivating | handkerchief is seen in full dress; but the bottom, resori. The light flowing robes, and shadowy | sleeves, and neck, are frequently ornamented vestments, flowery ornaments, and azure veils, with borders of natural flowers. Dancing dresses worn by our fashionable elegantes, conspire to of Italian tiffany, crape, or leno, bordered with render this brilliant scene truly Arcadian. Gowns the convolvolus, wild roses, daisies, violets, &e. and robes are now usually made round, and | &c. have this season given a most animated coup short; trains, even in full dress, being almost d'ail to the ball-room. Indeed flowers as an entirely exploded. We trust, however, that a ornament were never introduced with a more disspeedy edict from the throne of taste, will again tinguishing effect. For the hair, they are formed introduce this graceful appendage; for, however in wreaths, tiaras, and small bunches; and each convenient and appropriate (which the short || are placed very low on the forehead. The hair dress certainly is) to the morning, or walking is now scarcely every seen without an ornament costume, the distinguishing effect of a drawing of this kind, or the small half handkerchief, room is destroyed by this general reduction, and which consists of patent net, embroidered or our females unquestionably deprived of much spangled. The latter was the distinguishing external dignity and elegance. Frocks of co- | ornament of a fair bride of rank, on her first ap. loured muslin, or Italian crape, with a painted pearance at the opera, after her marriage. It border of shells in Mosaic, worn over white was disposed in the Chinese style; but they are sarnet slips, are a new and elegant article; and I equally fashionable placed at the back of the French veils of coloured gauze, forming at once head, and brought under the chin, with tiaras the head-dress and drapery, are considered as formed of carnations in front of the forehead. most graceful ornaments. They are usually || Bandeaus of broad gold are classed amidst a faworn with a plain white sarsnet or muslin gown, shionable selection ; but the turban has long re. with Aowers or wreaths in front of the hair, 1 signed its place, in the sphere of taste and ele. placed towards the left side, so as nearly to ob gance. That dignified and graceful ornament, scure the e. e brow.

the winged ruff, á In Mary Queen of Scots, At the Duchess of M_ 's last rout, we seems entirely confined to a few females of rank poticed two dresses of much novel attraction. || and taste, and is perhaps more immediately ap. The one entitled 'the Pomeranian mantle,' was i propriated to such as may claim the privilege of formed of pea green gauze, cut in irregular singularity. The Vandyke though still very pointed drapery, and trimmed with a silver tufted prevalent, is not considered so novel, or genteel, fringe; it was worn over a Gossamer satin under. | as the shell or crescent scollop; and the pro. dies, which had a narrow boriler of the hop- | menade tippets, and French bonnets, are now 'blossom delicately painted round the bottom.- become absolutely canaillish. The Gipsy hat,

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