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In 1810, British caricaturist James Gillray created a series of engravings titled Progress Of The Toilette, showing how a Regency lady would get dressed for the different engagements she had to attend throughout the day. There are so many details in these pictures, giving us an accurate insight about the time a lady spent at
George Cruikshank (1792-1878), was an English caricaturist and book illustrator. Dubbed the “modern Hogarth”, he became famous for his social caricatures of English life. Among his most renowned works are the “Monstrosities”, a series of prints, which were published annually from 1816 to 1828, ridiculing the fashions of his time. Here are a few of
Rose Bertin, dressmaker to Queen Marie Antoinette, is one of the most famous couturiers in history. Born in a small village in a family of small means, the ambitious Rose soon decided to go to Paris to try her luck. She became apprenticed to a milliner, Mademoiselle Pagelle, and later, became her partner. Talented, determined
Very popular from the late 18th to the early 19th century, the pelisse was a coat dress, or overdress, that was worn over a dress. Depending on the materials with which it was made, and the season, it could have been worn in and outside the house. The one shown above, “of good quality silk
Hello everyone, today I bring even more plates showing the fashions that were popular in 1829. Enjoy! Evening Dress A dress of white striped gauze, over pink satin: the body a la Grecque, with short sleeves, edged round the arm with narrow blond: the border of the dress is of gauze, bouillone, headed by a