The Lady's Magazine, or Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex, Appropriated Solely to Their Use and Amusement, 1796

Volume XXVII for the Year 1796

London: G. G. and J. Robinson, No. 25, Pater-noster Row.

January 1796


(Court Dresses from pages 7-8)

[from page 7] The Queen.

HER majesty was drest with her usual plainness [sic] on this day, that is, without many diamonds. A crape petticoat, richly embroidered in vandykes of purple velvet, covered with gold net, a quillery of blond round the bottom, the train of purple and black striped velvet, vandyked round the edge with gold net; a festoon trimmed with rich blond.

The Princess Royal. --A crape petticoat superbly embroidered with gold embroidered with gold foil, the train a most beautiful gold brocaded tissue. We cannont help remarking the extreme richness and brillancy of the various tints displayed in this superb dress, which, we understand, is of Persian manufacturre, being part of the presents from the Ottoman ambassador.

Princess Augusta. --The petticoat crape embroidered with gold, train gold tissue.

February 1796

Fashions for February, 1796.
Morning Dress.

[from page 65] NIGHT-CAP of spotted muslin, trimmed with a double border of lace in whole plaits, bound round with a narrow maroon riband, tied into a small bow in front; hat covered with blue satin, tied under the chin, and trimmed with blue and maroon striped ribbands. Round gown of salmon-colour flowered chintz; long sleeves; gold ear-rings; blue morocco slippers; fur muff.

Afternoon Dresses.

[from pate 66] I. The hair dressed in light curls and ringlets. Armenian turban, made of white and York flame-coloured satin, crossed in the front with two strings of pearls, and the ends trimmed with gold fringe. A white ostrich and a blue esprit feather on the left side. Armenian robe of embroidred muslin, the train with a broad hem; full short sleeves; trimming of blond round the neck, and at the top of the sleeves. Tucker of blond. Gold cord, with two large tassels round the waist, tied at the left side. Two strings of pearls and a festoon gold chain, with a medallion round the neck. Diamond ear-rings. White shoes and gloves. [Same dress and description almost word-for-word as in the January 1796 issue of The Gallery of Fashion. Most of the changes involve punctuation and italics.]

II. The hair combed straight upon the forehead, the side hair in light curls and ringlets, plain chignon. Russian bonnet of blue satin, trimmed with sable, and tied behind with gold cords and tassels. Lawn petticoat with a broad embroidered border. Russian robe of blue satin, trimmed with sable: short sleeves, trimmed with the same. Close tucker of double plaited lace. Small handkerchief within the belt, drawn together in the front with a diamond slider. Collar of sable round the neck. Diamond ear-rings. White shoes and gloves. [Same dress and description almost word- for-word as in the January 1796 issue of The Gallery of Fashion. Most of the changes involve punctuation and italics.]


This issue contains "A new Pattern for a Frock, Gown or Apron." There is also an engraving, shown above, "The Baptism of the Infant Princess."

FASHIONS for March, 1796.

Morning Dresses.

[from page 100] I. THE hair in small curls, plain chignon; cottage cap, of fine muslin, tied under the chin, trimmed with lace, and white satin ribands; petticoat of muslin, richly embroidered at the bottom; spencer of maroon satin, plain or blue cape, trimmed with lace; muslin neck handkerchief; fur muff; red morocco slippers. [Stolen from the March 1796 issue of The Gallery of Fashion. All changes involve merely capitalization and punctuation.]

II. The front hair combed short upon the forehead,-- the side hair dressed in curls, and the hind hair turned up plain. Highland bonnet, made of gold foil and carmelite-colouured satin, the ends trimmed with a gold fringe; two carmelite-coloured, and five, six, or seven black feathers, placed in the front and at the top; plain muslin petticoat: straw-coloured chintz gown; cape, and lappels of carmelite-coloured satin; long sleeves; muslin neck handkerchief, trimmed with lace; double ruff of lace round the neck; gold ear-rings; jonquille gloves and shoes. [Stolen from the March 1796 issue of The Gallery of Fashion. All changes involve merely capitalization and punctuation.]

Evening Dress.

Turban of orange-coloured satin; gold and silver spangled bandeau; the hair (with or without powder) drawn through in different parts of the turban; the hind hair turned up short and plain; the ends returned and formed into a large curl at the top of the head; one salmon coloured, and one white ostrich feather, with several diamonds placed in the front; white satin petticoat, robe of orange coloured crape, scalloped and trimmed round the neck with lace; short sleeves, equally scalloped; sash of white satin ribband, tied at the right side, the ends trimmed with gold and silver fringe; large pearl ear-rings; diamond necklace; large gold upper bracelets; white gloves and shoes. [Stolen from the March 1796 issue of The Gallery of Fashion. All changes are very minor.]

June 1796
Female Fashions in Paris.

THE following are the raging fashions in Paris at the present time.

Robe à la Lydia.--This dress is [from page 265] made to come from the neck to the ground in a long train. The waist can be made short or long at pleasure; the sleeves are so contrived that they can be either worn down to the wrists, or tucked up above the elbow. The arms are ornamented with a bracelet à la Turque; and the robe forms a drapery on the breast in the shape of a heart. Sometimes a waistcoat à la Sultane is worn over the waist, and forms a girdle at the bottom: --this dress is very new, and very elegant.

Robe à la Thesée.--This is a dress very much admired for its simplicity: it is open at the neck; the waist is formed by a lacing made with great art, and gives an infinite grace and elegance to the shape; a light mantle is worn on the back, which can be taken up, or show loose, at pleasure.

Riding Coat à la Pallas.--This dress makes the waist appear very neat and elegant: the lappel à la Minerve is made to go round the breast and shoulders in a drapery, and fastens with buttons at the throat.

Chemise à l'Indienne.--This is a beautiful undress, the waist is formed by plaits artfully arrange, and by bows of ribband; the trian falls to the ground in an elegant drapery: it is made of delicate clear lawn.

Robe Economique--forming at pleasure three kind [sic] of dresses, --a half dress, a dress for the country, and a riding dress.


(Court Dresses from pages 273-4)

The Queen.

[from page 273] A Royal purple coat, covered with beautiful fine blond, drawn up in festoons, with rich diamond bands and stars; a purple and silver body and train, trimmed with fine blond; a diamond stomacher, with a beautiful diamond bouquet. --Head-dress, a fine blond cap ornamented with a diamond crown.

The Princess of Wales.--A white crape net, ornamented with silver stars and spangles, lilac body and train, trimmed with silver fringe and tassels: her head dress, a cap composed of lilac and purple foil, and the Prince's plume, set with diamonds in the front, with three beautiful feathers.

The Princess Royal. --A purple and silver embroidery.

Princess Augusta. --A white crape petticoat, richly ornamented with lilac and silver in medallion stripes, in very rich border.--Body and train of green silver gauze.

December 1796

[All three taken from the December 1796 issue of The Gallery of Fashion. See that journal for plates of these fashions. Changes to the descriptions are minor.]


THE front hair combed straight upon the forehead, the sides in small ringlets, and the hind hair in a loose chignon. Travelling cap of rose-coloured satin, trimmed with white fur.

Amazon dress of lady's green cloth, lined with rose-coloured satin; cape, cuffs, and lappels with the same. Small plain muslin handkerchief--Full stock. Square pierced gold ear-rings. Fox tippet. Puff-coloured gloves. Blue striped shoes.


Bandeau of white muslin, embroidered in black; toupee and sides in large loose curls; chignon turned up plain, and the ends returned over the bandeau in ringlets; two black brush feathers in the front. Round gown of thick plain muslin, embroidered in black; short close sleeves, trimmed with black lace. Small muslin shawl, the border embroidered in black. Black and white striped sash, pinned together behind. --White enamelled hoop ear-rings. --One string of pearls round the neck, Grey gloves and shoes. Silver fox muff.


Toupee in loose curls; black ribbon mixed with the curls; black enamelled crescent, and black plumes de coq in the front; the hind hair turned up plain, the ends returned in ringlets on the neck. --Dress of black muslin; the petticoat with a broad pointed belt over the body; short sleeves in small plaits, trimmed with black lace; epaulettes of the same; scarf trimming round the neck, looped on the shoulders and behind, the whole trimmed with black fringe. One string of black beads round the neck; black enamelled ear-rings; black gloves and shoes; white swan-down muff.

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