The Lady's Magazine, or Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex, Appropriated solely to their Use and Amusement, 1812

The Lady's Magazine, or Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex, Appropriated solely to their Use and Amusement, 1802

Volume XLIII for the Year 1812

London: G. & S. Robinson, No. 25, Paternoster Row.

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January 1812

London Morning and Evening

Morning dress.--Pelisse of maroon silk, lined throughout with fur, [ ...] when buttoned, forms a sort of lappel: standing collar, to turn over; and very deep cuffs.--A hat of the same silk, trimmed with ribbon and feathers.

Evening dress, of green satin, with epaulettes of lace.--Cap of the same, trimmed with lace and a flower.

February 1812

London Walking and Evening

Walking dress.--A pelisse of green sarsnet, trimmed with velvet of the same color, made in the manner of a round dress: buttons with tassels of silk.--Hat of white satin, trimmed with green velvet, and feather of the same color.

Evening dress of muslin ornamented with two rows of lace round the bottom, and trimmed with frills of muslin, plaited over a slip of salmon-colored velvet. Hat and feather of the same color.

March 1812

Print, Gift of Martin Porter

London fashionable DRESSES.

Walking Dress.--A spencer of blue silk, with facings, collar, wings, and cuffs of plush to match. --A bonnet composed of silk and velvet, to agree in color with the spencer.--Feather, the same.

Evening Dress of pink silk, either flowered or plain, trimmed with crape of the same color, and ornamented with small white buttons.--Cap of velvet and lace, trimmed with footing and a flower.

May 1812

London Fashions.

London Morning and Evening

Morning dress of muslin, trimmed with lace--long sleeves of clear muslin--and a shirt of the same, trimmed with lace.--Bonnet of net and silk.

Evening Dress of white silk, trimmed with colored silk.--Cap of the same color, bound round with a wreath of white flowers.

July 1812

London Fashions.

London Fashionable WALKING-

1. A gypsey hat, composed of white chip and heliotrope ribbon--white ostrich plume dropping on the left side.--A clear muslin dress, trimmed with the same in festoons fastened up with straps and buttons. --A scarf shawl of double-twilled heliotrope color silk, with a deep ball silk fringe. --Shoes to match.

2. A chip and satin Parisian bonnet, with high crown, and plume of green feathers from the top, shading one side of the head-dress.--Spotted muslin dress, with three frills round the bottom, and two rows of lace let in--the edges of the two upper frills exactly at the head of the lace.

A miliary Spencer of green twilled sarsenet, with rich gimp and frogs, to clasp across the bosom on one side and button over to the other.

The prevailing colors are, green, red-lilac or heliotrope, buff, pink, and blue--all of the very palest shades. In the morning, Spencers of the above colors in figured sarsenets over white cambric dresses, made with high collars and very short skirts, trimmed with tow or three frills, or vandyked trimmings.--Some ladies wear the dress of muslin or linen, of the same shade as the Spencer, and trimmed with three rows of narrow ribbon.--Half boots to lace behind.--Round hats with flat crowns are still worn. A flower under the brim is a prevailing ornament, with a ribbon simply tied round the crown.

August 1812

London Fashions.

London Fashionable MORNING and

Morning dress of fine cambric muslin--the top part, as represented in the figure, to be made of very clear worked muslin, and formed with worked trimming, to be quite square, one part seems separate from the other, and at the same time appears to relieve that amazing length in the body which our élégantes have so long complained of since the waist has been worn long.--At present they are more moderate, and must be allowed to be mush more becoming.

A hat of blossom color, embossed with silk, with a drooping ostrich feather, and to be worn quite off the face, for the hair to be exposed, which is now generally dressed with rows of small curls very full, so that the forehead can only be seen sufficiently to give a little relief with the mixture. --Grey gloves and boots.

Evening dress of rich pink figured silk, ornamented with a crape trimming and silk buttons, forming a drapery from the bottom of the waist to the opposite side, and continued round the bottom.--Full short sleeves--White kid gloves and shoes. --Head-dress, the Ponsonby cap of pink crape, to correspond with a bunch of small roses.

November 1812

General Observations for December.--Walking dresses, the satin spencers of grey, brown, or orange, trimmed with buttons à la militaire--made high in the neck--with Spanish cape, and full sleeves.

The satin pelisse of light blue, grey, or orange, falling loose round the neck, trimmed with swansdown --fastened with small clasps. --A belt of figured ribbon of the same color.

The velvet pelisse, of crimson or purple, trimmed with vandyked swansdown round the neck, and down the middle --with a band round the waist, of velvet the same, and a gold clasp, ornamented with the Grecian split honeysuckle.

The Spanish velvet cloak, and mantles of various shapes, bound with figured ribbon of the same color, or swansdown fur.

The hat and bonnets. --The imperial cap of velvet--the color the same as the mantle or pelisse --bound with swansdown --an ostrich feather on one side --the cap of spotted, grey, or brown fur, ornamented with a silver bandeau. --Bonnets of colored velvet, plaited over the crown and front --the helmet shape, to tie with figured ribbon of the same color. --Ankle boots of colored velvet or kid, to lace behind. --Gloves of buff or grey.

Evening Dress --a boddice, formed close to the bosom --of orange, green, or light brown, figured satin, with full long sleeves, or short bishops, with the Spanish slash --trimmed with thin swansdown round the bosom and sleeves --a sash of broad figured ribbon, to corresponds. --A white crape or thin muslin petticoat, trimmed at bottom with lace. --On the bosom, a tucker of white net, bordered with scalloped lace --over which, a necklace of pearls.

The hair in the Grecian taste --the front parted --falling in small curls, with a small comb on one side, set with colored gems, to imitate flowers. --Small turban caps of colored crape, plaited on the top, with a lacing of pearls and flowers in the front. --Ear-rings of pearl or garnet. --Necklace of pearls, or triple chain of gold. --Broach of coloured gems. --Slippers of crimson or blue velvet or satin. --Gloves of white kid.

Fans of carved ivory, ornamented with silvered crape.

December 1812


Evening Dress. --A robe of fawn, lemon, or pale puce-coloured Georgian cloth, made high in the front, with full sleeves, bound round the bosom, sleeves and feet, with Angola trimming fur; the waist ornamented with waved stripes of the same fur; the bracer of silver ribbon; the sleeves ornamented with a serpentine row of pearls, falling from the back of the shoulder to the front of the arm. A cap of the same cloth, composed of a small crown, and sides with let-in thread lace in the middle, bound round the front and across the top with a string of beads. The hair, a short crop, loosely hanging in full curls on both sides. Slippers of white satin, with silver rosettes. Gloves of white kid. Fan of silvered crape of ivory. Necklace of pearls; ear-rings to correspond. A long occasional silk scarf of deep puce or crimson.

Evening dresses are generally full robes of Georgian cloth, or with the boddice of satin: --the crape petticoat with colored satin bodice is much worn. The head-dresses are small caps of crape or thread lace, or cloth the color of the dress, ornamented on the top and sides with a row of beads; in front with a small wreath of flowers or silver frost. --The carriage costume is the cambric muslin robe, made high, with stomacher front. The Spanish and Russian mantles --the pelisse of fawn, olive, or scarlet cloth,--are the principal dresses in request. The helmet cap and traveller's hat are the general appendages to this order.

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