I have always been fascinated by the beautiful gowns wealthy women used to wear in the past. They are just so stunning (and quite uncomfortable too)! I thought it would be nice to share some of these dresses with you all and see how styles changed throughout the years. Let’s start by having a look at what well-dressed women would have worn in 1831. I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of the dress style of this period. The sleeves are just too huge, which cheapen the dresses a bit imo, but the colors of the gowns and the head-wear are simply beautiful. The ball gown is also very pretty, love the bouquets of flowers that decorate it. Without further ado, here are the prints and descriptions:
A dress composed of gros de Chine; the colour, a new and singularly beautiful shade of yellow. The corsage is plain behind, and disposed in crossed drapery in front; it is cut something higher than usual, and displays very little of the chemisette, which is of blond lace. Beret sleeves of moderate width, and very short, with long sleeves, a la Reine, over them, composed of white gaze de Soie, and terminated by a ruche of blond net. The head-dress is a toque composed of very dark violet crape. A bouquet of white ostrich feathers, with a knot of ribbon at its base, is placed under the brim on the left side, and two larger feathers attached to the right side of the crown droop to the left over the brim. The jewellery should be of burnished gold.
A dress of white satin striped gauze, over a white gros de Naples slip. Corsage a la Grecque, with beret sleeves, surmounted by a double fall of blond lace disposed en mancheron. The skirt is trimmed with a deep flounce of blond lace, above which is a trimming of plain gauze arranged in bouillons, by bouquets of roses and blue-bells, which are attached to the dress by knots of white gauze ribbon. A wreath of these flowers ascends from a bouquet on each side of the front of the skirt to the waist, en tablier. The hair is dressed in full curls on the forehead, and in bows of moderate height on the summit of the head. A chaperon of roses and blue-bells surrounds the base of the bows. Necklace and ear-rings pearls.
A dress composed of gros d’eté. striped in straw-colour, rose-colour, and blue, and the straw-coloured stripes lightly figured. The corsage is cut low and square, and finished round the lower part of the bust with a trimming of the same material, en pelerine. Long sleeves, nearly, but not quite, tight at the lower part, and enormously wide from the elbow to the shoulder. The trimming of the skirt consists of six blue gros de Naples rouleaux. Bonnet of straw-coloured crape; the crown is trimmed with rose-coloured gauze ribbons, and a bouquet of exotics. Knots of rose-coloured gauze ribbons adorn the inside of the brim. The scarf is China crape.
A redingote of gros de Naples. The colour is a reddish fawn. Corsage uni, finished by a pelerine, en coeur, trimmed in a very novel manner with pattes of the same material. The sleeve sits close to the arm from the elbow to the wrist; the tipper part is of the usual size. Bonnet of rice straw, trimmed inside of the brim with coques of lilac gauze ribbon, and a light sprig of fancy flowers. A large but light bouquet of fancy flowers, and full noeuds of gauze ribbon, adorn the crown. The collerette is of tulle.
What do you think of these dresses? Do you love them? Hate them?
La Belle Assemblée, July 1831