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

Volume I, No. 7 May, 1807

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This number contained three plates: (1) "Portrait of His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex"; (2) "Two Beautifully coloured Costumes"; and (3) A Beautifully coloured Full Dress for Gentlemen. The contents include as headings: BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ILLUSTRIOUS MEN; HISTORY, STATE OF SOCIETY AND MANNERS; ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS; REVIEW OF LITERATURE; ORIGINAL POETRY; FINE ARTS; PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS FOR APRIL; RETROSPECT OF POLITICS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL, 1807; MONTHLY MISCELLANIES; AND LE BEAU MONDE. Under each heading is listed the various articles or subheadings.

Le Beau Monde for May 1807
Volume I, Number 7, page 406
Fashions for May, 1807

Fig. No. 3.--A Lady's Morning Walking Dress is composed of a white muslin gown, ornamented at the bottom with a narrow border of fancy needle-work, made quite plain, with long sleeves; a mantle of lilac or dove-coloured sarsnet, made with a spencer, which confines the waist with a high standing collar, bound and tied round the throat with rose or pale pink ribband; it also crosses the bosom, and confines the mantle which fastens on the back of the left shoulder in full plaits; it is cut irregularly at the bottom, and flies open in front, lined throughout with rose or pale pink to correspond. A cap made of the same materials, with a rich tassel at the ends, falling over the right eye and lodges on the shoulder. Gloves and shoes of the same colour as the mantle.

Fig. No. 2.--A Lady's Evening Full Dress is composed of a train of very rich Italian crape, lemon colour, spotted in various directions with silver spangles; a train petticoat and body of soft white satin; sleeves, and body is composed entirely of rich point lace, inlet with wreaths of silver spangles, as is also the bottom of the petticoat; an apron of real Brussels lace, ornameted with two narrow wreaths of silver to correspond with the remainder of the dress. A lace shirt made close to the form of the neck, without any trimmings round the throat. A loose drapery of fine cobweb muslin, covers the left shoulder, passes over the bosom, and entwined round the right arm. A dress hat of white or cream-coloured chip, or straw, is made to cross the front of the forehead, turned flat up in front, trimmed with narrow wreaths of small white roses; a beautiful which ostrich feather, fastened in the center to fall back over the crown. White kid gloves and shoes of lemon coloured satin.

(The above Dresses were invented by Mrs. Gill, of Cork-street.)

A Morning Walking Dress for Gentlemen is composed of a dark brown mixed coat, lappeled, with flat plated buttons and collar of the same cloth; or greenish mixtures lappeled, flat plated buttons and collar of cloth, and the coat must be buttoned close up. Striped toilinet, or plain kerseymere waistcoats, single breasted and bound with silk, and drab coloured kerseymere pantaloons, with Hessian boots.

From page 407

Fig. No. 1.--Evening Full Dress for Gentlemen consists of a blue coat, lappeled, flat gilt buttons, and black velvet collar; or, a dark silver brown coat, lappeled, covered buttons, and collar of the same cloth; these three are literally the only coats that are worn at present, and have generally the two or three bottom buttons buttoned. Waistcoats, of fine white Marsailles quilting, single breasted; drab kerseymere breeches, with silk strings at the knee. Snow white narrow ribbed silk stockings, with shoes in strings.

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