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FASHIONS

FOR

APRIL, 1811.

EXPLANATION OF THE PRINTS OF FASHION.

ENGLISH COSTUME.

1) that leads the manufacturer and milliner inta

| inventions full of absurdity which are, never, No. 1.-A BALL DRESS.

theless, adopted with the most extravagant A white sarspet or satin pellicoat, with short

applause, but are as quickly followed by sa: sleeves; over which is worn a body and drapery

tiety and disgust. A new set of artificers start of light-blue gauze, formed in three points, or

up, invent new methods to please, still more yapdykes over the petticoat, reaching nearly

grotesque. than the former, and depart still to the bottom, the euds finished with wbite

further from simplicity and nature than those silk tassels; it is crossed over the figure in

who first ventured from its paths into the front towards the left side, and fastened in

wilds of fancy, will overwhelmed witla new in. tufls, or bows, of the saine colour; a short

ventions, wbich succeed and efface each other sash, tied in a bow on the left side; sleeves

with incredible rapidity, we scarcely koow looped up in the front of the arm. The bottom

where we are, and cast back our eager eyes to of the petticoat trimmed in vandykes to cor

that period when true taste reigned under the respond. White silk stockings, with blue

empire of nature. It was this momentary selfkid shoes. The hair twisted up behind, and

possession, this retrogade motion, which led dressed in full curls, ornamented with a bau

us to adopt the simple and graceful costume deau of light-blue twisted crape and roses. of the Greeks and Rumans, and thus extricated White kid gloves.

ourselves at once from a labyrinth of fully aud No. 2.- A WALKING DREsg.

fauciful extravagance.

During the last month short pelisses, for the Round dress of cambric muslin, with a ruff

most part of purple velvet, lived with white collar, trimmed round the bottom with nar.

sarsnet, have been most prevailing; they are row purple ribband; çassimere crimson mantle,

made with plain collars, and exactly to meet confined close to the back, lined with purple

from the throat to the bottom; the waists of silk, embroidered round the neck, cape, and

the pelisses are joined to the skirts, which adsides with purple fancy border; a deep cape || mits of their fitting closer to the bust, and is falling from the shoulders, sloping to a par. ll a cunsiderable advantage to the shape; a band row point, with tassels. A crimson velvet ll of the same ninne

of the same, pinned before, confines the waist; bonnet, turban front, and trimmed with purple

they are trimined round the bottoin with a to correspond. York tan gloves. Yellow kid

deep French lace. Short mantles are also boots.

considered very elegaut; aud spensers, as usual, with the return of spring put in their

claim for fashionable approbation; we have GENERAL OBSERVATIONS Il observed several of dove-coloured velvet, triinON

med with swansdown, and many in blue satin, FASHION AND DRESS.

and as the season advances we expect to see

them yield to those of sarsnet or muslin lined. Independent of the season of Lent, which, l! Variegated chip hats in the cottage form,seem among the serious and well-judging, is vever to be advancing into notice, the small cottage entirely delivered up to the idle dominion of shape, sufficiently raised from the face to ad. fancy, Fashiou herself seems to have put on mit underneath a rosette of lace or small bunch a more sedate and consistent aspect, and to of hyacinths, primroses, or other spring Rowers, have discovered that ju the production of such whether in chip, satin, or straw, is decidedly an endless variety of new and contradictory || the most admired. In carriages, caps are modes, she has submitted to the wild vagaries very numerous, they are made in broad yellow of fancy, rather than followed the dictates of sarsnet ribband and lace, brought forward on good taste. It is an incessant desire of novelty | the face, flat on the head, and projecting bebind

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Engraved for the 17 * Fumber of the Jew Leries of La Belle Aisembice April 144 1812

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