Today I want to show you some more prints of dresses women would have worn in January 1832. Unfortunately, they are in black and white but I think they are very beautiful anyway. The day dresses of this period still have sleeves that are insanely big at the top and very narrow at the wrist, which is a style I really dislike, but the evening dresses are gorgeous. The sleeves are big, but not ridiculously big, and short. What do you think of these dresses?
Walking dress of crimson and Adelaide blue shot silk, made very full in the skirt, and trimmed round the bottom with a deep flounce of sable. The body is made quite plain, with a narrow cape, which is cut nearly through on the shoulder, and falls in two points over the top of the sleeve. The cape is continued to the waist, and meets in a point under the ceinture. The sleeve is extremely full at top, and very small at the waist. A full collarette of quilled tulle supplies the place of a collar to the dress. Hat of white moire, trimmed with lilac gauze ribbon, and small bunches of pansies. The inside of the brim is ornamented with nauds of gauze ribbon. Muff and boa of sable. Boots of dark brown silk.
Carriage dress of rich satin, of a beautiful green. The skirt is trimmed at the bottom with a very rich border of ermine, headed by two rouleaux of satin. The corsage is made en schall, and laid in large folds across the bust. Collar of ermine, of a square shape, and very large size. The sleeve is large, and is plaited in round the top of the arm, with a second plaiting at some distance down the sleeve. A band of green velvet finishes the bottom of the sleeve. Hat of pale lilac satin, superbly trimmed with white satin, ribbon blonde and half-blown moss roses. Girandole earrings, and buckle of pale gold. Gloves of white kid. Boots of green silk.
Dress of bleu celeste. The skirt is made rather longer than last month, and very full, without gores. The garniture at bottom is a very deep flounce, set out in detached masses of fullness, each headed by four narrow-pointed leaves, placed so as to droop over the plain parts of the flounce. The corsage is cut square across the bust, and has a double cape surrounding the neck, the upper part of which is cut narrow in front and on the shoulders, but deeper and pointed on the bust. The lower part of the cape is also cut narrow in front, but very deep and full on the shoulders, falling halfway down the sleeve in long folds, in each of which is a tie of indented satin ribbon, to correspond with the ceinture. A tucker of narrow blonde finishes the top of the corsage. The hair is arranged in full curls on either temple, and in two large bows on the summit of the head. One bow is crossed by a plait of hair, which is further continued, under the other bow, and round to the back of the bead. Each bow is surmounted by a full-blown rose. Earrings and agraffe of topaz and gold. Shoes of blue satin.
Evening dress of gold-coloured satin, very rich and soft. The skirt has the bottom trimming placed rather low. The trimming itself is composed of fan-shaped pieces, placed at regular intervals, and held together by double bouffants. The corsage and sleeves are as simple as possible. The most beautiful part of this dress is the apron, which is of white crepe lisse, richly embroidered in crimson floss silk. From the shoulder-straps proceed deep jockeys, edged with blonde, and reaching nearly to the elbow, elegantly finishing the otherwise plain corsage. The hair is dressed in full coques, intermingled with bouffonts of amber and gold tissue on the crown of the head, and in soft full curls on each side. A Ferroniere of small brilliants is bound round the head by a delicate gold chain. Pearl earrings. Neck-chain of gold, fastened by an agraffe of rubies and pear-shaped pearls. Bracelets of gold and rubies. Shoes of crimson. satin.
The Royal lady’s magazine, and archives of the court of St. James’s, 1832