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See the young Man we have drawn in the 1ST PLATE; he is covered with a Coat of scarlet colored cloth, with a lining of white silk with piping.* We will advise you to most often put white under scarlet. While blue accompanies it rather well, it doesn’t give this sweetness to the eye, this mellowness, this ability to match that white gives it. It contrasts better; but it perhaps doesn’t go absolutely as well. It is a nuance that the taste of each person must seize according to what agrees with them.
The Coat of the young Man is trimmed with large white buttons in mother-of-pearl. The ends of the sleeves are open à la Marinière, and two matching buttons hold them closed a little above on the sides. Four other buttons, also matching, are attached to the bottom of the flaps of the pockets. The collar of the Coat is of the same cloth, and is no longer diversified as it was some time ago. - Cabinet des Modes, 14e Cahier, 1ere Planche
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Ordinarily one puts divided Pepper and Salt Cellars in the middle of Tables, and at the ends united Pepper and Salt Cellars, which are called Ends of Table. These are two little fashionably worked silver Pots, in which are two crystal vases, one for salt, and the other for pepper. - Cabinet des Modes, 13e Cahier, 3e Planche
ca. 1860s, [hand gilt, Civil War-era ambrotype portrait of a young woman proudly wearing a Union sash across her chest]
via Cowan’s Auctions
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THE COAT and Vest of the Man shown in this plate, are of a spring velvet, with a lemon ground, green stripes, and lilac spots. The Buttons which trim the Coat and Vest, are enameled and spotted with a color matching the ground of the Coat, and they are edged with false white stones. His Breeches are of black silk cloth, and they hold his thighs very tightly (1); they seem pasted on. The Buckle which fastens his garters are a little ring of silver in long-squares. - Cabinet des Modes, 13e Cahier, 2e Planche
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The Gown that the Woman represented in the 1st Plate wears is a Robe à la Turque of blue Pekin. The Petticoat is of the same fabric and in the same color. The Sleeves of the Gown are of white Gros-de-Naples, or another white fabric, to the sabot, which varies, and which is of the same fabric and the same color as the Gown. The Trimming of the Gown is in white crêpe, in the form of bows. In the middle of each bow is a bouquet of artificial roses. The flounce of the Petticoat is also of white crêpe, and it is surmounted by bows matching those trimming the Gown. The Manchettes attached to the Gown Sleeves are of pinked white gauze. - Cabinet des Modes, 13e Cahier, 1ere Planche
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It is a received Fashion today in the homes of our Journalists, to propose Questions to their Subscribers, so that they can exercise their minds. We propose some of our own, to follow this Fashion. But as we want to save them all sorts of work, and as we desire that they serve only to exercise the minds of others, we send them Responses with the Questions, so that they surely decide, to avoid all equivocation.
Question. How many things does one require for a woman to be perfect?Answer. Thirty.
[Read on to discover the thirty specific, nitpicky things required for true beauty! Also descriptions of the buckles.] - Cabinet des Modes, 12e Cahier, 3e Planche
Leclerc, Dupin, undated French fashion plate, (1770s) Metropolitan Museum of Art.
My translation (did I do it right, mimic-of-modes?)
"The Absent-Minded One. This woman, after she was entirely dressed, recalled that she had not washed her feet, and called her servant to bring a basin. Her dress is of grey Gourgouran [A fabric with vertical stripes (running parallel to the warp) that are created by the lengthwise juxtaposition of different weaves. It may be monochromatic or striped.], self-trimmed. The ribbon which trails along the trim is sky-blue, knotted at intervals with small flowers. The chambermaid wears a caraco of pale Buras [a type of coarse woolen cloth].”
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The American Duchess has a new shoe coming out! The Nankeen boot is specially designed for Regency daywear, and is altogether adorable.
In my experience, AD shoes are extremely comfortable and well-made. I’m hoping to get a pair of these!
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On a rather long, rather thin, and very narrow Shaft, where a narrow Box is suspended, capable of holding, at most, one person. This Box, made of a very-thin wood, is painted with wide red and yellow stripes. The Dome of a very-glossy black leather, folds by means of four silver springs, and settles in the back on the Box. - Cabinet des Modes, 12e Cahier, 2e Planche
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The Hat marked no. 2 is very large. It is also mounted on a frame; it is in blue taffeta, edged with a wide white scalloped blonde. Its Crown is puffed, and tied with a yellow and black Ribbon au Diadême, which forms two bows, a very large one in the back, and a smaller one in the front. Two plumes, one pink and the other lilac, surmount the Crown, and fall back to hang. Two wide Veils of white gauze hang behind, attached to the Hat. - Cabinet des Modes, 12e Cahier, 1ere Planche
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