Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Early Victorian Era Fashion Plate - March 1842 Godey's Lady's Book

Early Victorian Era Fashion Plate - March 1842 Godey's Lady's Book


Fig. 1. Composed of satin, having a facing of velvet, cut in rounded points, edged with satin; the body high up to the throat, where it is finished by a velvet collar, half-high, shading the throat. The sleeves tight, and finished at the top with two epaulettes of velvet placed one over the other. A chapeau of velvet of a pale blue, the inside having a fulling of lace, descending on each side in the form of long lappets; the crown tastefully decorated on each side with a saule plume.

Fig. 2. A walking dress of pou de Soie, trimmed round the skirt with two broad tucks on the bias, each tuck being headed with a narrow fringe the same colour as the dress; body and sleeves tight; scarf of green velvet, piped all round in small vandykes of violet satin pipings; a small collar, cut in waves and edged round with piping to correspond, finishes it round the edge; this elegant scarf is lined with silk. A bonnet of pale pink satin, the brim rather open, the crown low and trimmed tastily with ribbon crossed on the top, and descending low on the front of the right side, where it is caught with the aloe and four leaves in velvet, finished by a pretty band of ribbon behind in the centre of the curtain.

Fig. 3. Coloured gros de Naples dress; corsage high and laid in plaits; small bishop sleeves finished with a narrow bend, the cap of the sleeve is laid in folds; the waist finished with a belt. Skirt trimmed with folds, a la discretion. Silk bonnet, ornamented with flowers.

Fig. 4. A walking dress of pou de Soie, the skirt trimmed with an extra wide fold cut bias; black watered scarf trimmed with rich lace, and finished with piping over the lace. Bonnet of silk; the outside trimmed with lace, and ornamented with a plume.

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