Le Beau Monde, or Literary and Fashionable Magazine, 1806-1810

Volume 3, No. 18 For February, 1808

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Vol. 3, No. 18

Fashions for February, 1808
(from page 119)
Fig. No. 1--Morning Walking Dress.-- The Hindu coat and hat made of dove or bright grey coloured sarsnet, or fine cloth trimmed all round with a rich fur trimming of a fancy colour; the coat is made straight over the bosom, square across the shoulds, and continues with a small peak in the centre of the bak; is brought tight round the waist to the form of the shape, a high collar with long peaks in front to fall all over on the neck, ornamented with small silk tassels fastened to each corner. A rich cord and tassel are confined in the back and hand carelessly in the hand; the coat in lined all through with white sarsnet, and confined together down the front; gloves white Woodstock, and shoes of the same colour as the coat.

Fig. No. 2.--Opera Dress--The most distinguished full dress is composed of a magnificent cloth of a deep pink, worn over a white satin slip; the dress is made round and short, with a square back on the top and at the bottom of the waist, which is rather increased in length; the skirt is made entirely plain, and is laced down the back with small pink beads, in the form of diamonds; the honey-comb front, made to the form of the bosom, short sleeves straight over the shoulders, and at the back; broad Vandyke at the bottom of the sleeves of white satin, ornamented round the neck, and in different parts in the Kolana style; the dress caught up and fastened with a bunch of silver roses and green foil on the back of the left side above the knee, and hangs in loose folds round the bottom, about a quarter of a yard distant from the bottom of the petticoat, on the right side. The hair is combed straight from the crown of the head behind, and is formed into a thick twist, which is confined with a rich diamond comb, on the top of which three gold crowns are placed; the ends of the hind hair are seen in pendant ringlets falling over the left side of the head; on the front of the forehead the hair is divided, and lays smooth over the right temple, and is kept back by the Kolana crescent. Necklace and ear-rings of diamonds; gloves white kid; and shoes white satin.

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