Lady's Monthly Museum, May 1812

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Lady's Monthly Museum (1812)
The Mirror of Fashion,
For MAY 1812.

The Dresses invented by Mrs.Osgood, of Lower Brook Street.

WE promised last month that this department of our Museum should rise in the scale of merit; how far we have fulfilled that promise the public have now an opportunity of judging. We wish not to raise our own work by depreciating others; but we dare rival publications of this nature to produce better executed figures than our own; more correct fashions, we are certain, were never submitted to the public eye.

Morning Dress.--A white muslin gown, with a rich lace or worked front; over which is a négligé pelisse of azure blue sarsnet lined with white silk, made low in the back; the pelisse is trimmed with white fringe; bonnet of white chip, with a light blue feather, the hair dressed full on one side, and shoes of blue; drop ear-rings of coral; gloves of York tan.

Evening Dress.--A real Andalusian dress, formed of a bodice of pink or rose-coloured velvet, with a puff sleeve of white satin; the rest of the dress being of the same material, and edged at bottom à la Vandyke, and ornamented with tab fringe: the bodice is terminated in a jacket behind, and edged with the same fringe as the dress; the stomacher crossed with white lacing, or braid, fastened at each lacing with a diamond, or paste button; ridicule of rose or pink coloured velvet; white gloves, and shoes of white, with the quarters the colour of the bodice; ear-rings of plain pearl. The Sévigné curl is the most predominant fashion for the head dress.

General Remarks.--The ridicule is no longer worn, except at the evening party; and the demi-botte, with gold fringe, is nearly exploded, from its inconvenience; it catches at the dress, and causes the leg to be shewn in an indecorous and inelegant manner.

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