Thursday, July 21, 2011

Early Victorian Era Fashion Plate - July 1852 Le Moniteur de la Mode

Early Victorian Era Fashion Plate - July 1852 Le Moniteur de la Mode

Description of the Engravings

1st Figure - Walking Toilet - Bonnet o lisse crape and tulle puffed. It is covered with white lace reaching beyond the edge of the brim, falling in front, after what is called the Mary Stuart style. The brim inside is trimmed, on the one hand with a tuft of roses mixed up with narrow white blondes; and on the other it has a feather of graduated shades, which is placed outside and then turns over the edge and comes inside near the cheek; strings of white gauze ribbon.

Barege dress, trimmed with taffeta ribbons and fringes bordering the trimmings.

Body lapping over, the right on the left, having a flat lapel parallel to the edge. The body is gathered at the waist, on the shoulders and at the bottom of the back.

A No. 22 ribbon forms a waistband, and ties on the left side at the bottom of the lapels. This ribbon matches that used for the trimming of the dress.

The sleeve is composed of four frills one over the other. The skirt, which is very full, has seven graduated flounces. All are bordered with a narrow fringe. The lapel of the body, the frills of the sleeves, and flounces of the skirts are ornamented with ribbons; those on the body are No. 9, those on the skirt No. 12.

On the lapels and sleeves the No. 9 ribbons are placed at intervals of three inches.

On the flounces the No. 12 ribbons, 2 3/4 inches wide, are placed farther apart.

The white lace which replaces the habit-shirt follows the outline of the body.

The under-sleeve is composed of a large bouillonne of thin muslin, tight at the wrist, but falling full over it in the shape of a bell. Two rows of lace fall on the hand.

2nd Figure - A Girl from Nine to Eleven - Hair parted down the middle and rolled in plats at the sides.

Frock of white muslin.

Short sleeves. Body low. Six flounces on the skirt.

A wide pink silk ribbon passed under the sleeve, is tied at top in a large bow, so that the sleeve is drawn together in it, and leaves the shoulder visible.

A plain band runs along the top of the body, which is plaited legthwise in very small plaits.

A sash of No. 22 goes round the waist and is tied in front.

The six flounces of the skirt have all small plaits in them. Each flounce has a narrow hem, the edges are not festooned.

3rd Figure - Boy of Seven - Tuscan hat sewed with rounded corners. The edges of sides of the hat is turned up or rolled on itself. The band is wide, and of white cotton, edged with small straw trimmings; it forms a bow on the right hand side. On the left falls a bouquet of white cock's feathers which come from under the band.

Nankeen blouse buttoning up the side, with ivory buttons, it is not gathered on the shoulder.

Patent leather belt with steel buckle.

The sleeves, rather short, wide at bottom, are buttoned at the sides.

Cardinal's collar.

Under-sleeves and trowsers of openwork embroidery.

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