The Royal Lady's Magazine

May 1831


St. James' Court Dress

       A Dress of white crape, embroidered with gold, over a white satin slip; the body fits close to the shape, and ornamented with a double falling tucker of blonde lace, a la Vandyck. The train of a rich violet satin, and splendidly embroidered with a pattern of embossed gold, terminating with a gold fringe.
       Head-dress, a plume of ostrich feathers, with a diadem of brilliants and emeralds. A long pendant chain of similar jewels adorns the neck, the two ends meet in the centre of a superb stomacher of precious stones, which divides the stomacher in front. White satin gloves; shoes of gold tissue. Blonde lappets.

Ball Dress

A pink crape dress, embroidered with silver, the corsage is plain, and cut en coeur; a narrow quilling of blonde decorates the top, and the borders of the epaulettes. Short sleeves, very full, trimmed with a double edging of blonde, falling as low as the elbow. Sash of pink gauze ribbon, edged with silver, and fastened on the side by a gold clasp, the ends of the noeud are very long, nearly reaching the bottom of the skirt. Coiffure en corbeille; with a French gold comb, surmounted by a large bouquet of roses, with silver foliage; a smaller bouquet is placed on the side.

1.-Morning Dress

Morning dress of amaranth-coloured gros de Naples. The body made close to the shape, with a square collar trimmed with leaves, to fall back in the lappel style, so as to display a chemisette of fine net, with a full quilling of net, fastened at the throat with a star of green and pink gauze ribbon. The skirt is trimmed with a deep flounce, cut in large scallops at the bottom, and finished at the top with large leaves, held together by rich folds. The sleeve is made very tight to the arm at the bottom, and very full at the upper part; the fulness let into the lower sleeve, which is cut in a novel style.

2.- St. James' Court Dress

Petticoat and body of pink satin, richly worked in gold lama, and wrought crape, the corsage a Marie d'Orleans; sleeve in the beretstyle, with a full trimming of blonde and wrought crape. Train of British blonde.

3.-Walking Dress

Pelisse of rose-coloured satin, richly trimmed down the front of the skirt with a garniture a la tulippe, gradually becoming smaller towards the top. The body is made plain, and finished with a cape a la Louise. Sleeve divided into three parts at the top, which are united by rounded leaflets interchange each other. The lower sleeve is made close to the arm, and cut so as to fall over in two points at the elbow.

4.-Ball Dress

Evening dress of jonquil-coloured aerophane crape, over a white satin slip. The dress made full, and trimmed at the bottom with a scroll trimming, mixed with stars and ands of sapphire blue satin ribbon. The body plaited, and laced on each side with a rich cordon of silk, and finished at the bust with a bias cut fulling, edged with blue satin, braced over the shoulders, and ornamented with stars of ribbon. The sleeves are cut a la couronne, and trimmed with ribbon.

5.-Walking Dress

Pelisse of gros de Naples, color, Polish earth. The corsage made to set close to the shape, with a double pelerine: the first, partially covering the bust, is edged with vandykes of corded satin, the same color as the pelisse: the second is cut so as to form a novel and elegant epaulette. Both pelerines end in a point at the waist, in front and back. The skirt is a little gored at the top, and trimmed down the front with leaves of satin, fastened down by languettes of the same materials as the pelissse. The sleeve is made quite tight to the arm at the lower part, and divided into the six languettes, which cross each other; the upper part of the sleeve is made very full.

6.- Morning Dress

Dress of Parma violet-coloured gros de Lyons. Body made high, with a pelerine of an entirely new pattern. It is made so as to show the body of the dress on the shouler, and ends in a point at the throat, and at the top of the back. Four bands are placed at equal distances on the shoulder. The sleeve is large at top, and cut so as to form circular openings, through which a full under-sleeve is seen. It is terminated at the elbow by a scalloped ruffle of silk, crossing in two ends at the front of the arm. The skirt is cut in large scallops, rather below the knee, with three large leaves in each, and finished with a deep volant set in rather full, and turned up at the bottom with antique points.

Paris, 25th.-We have nothing worth mentioning in the fashionable world; we have had a name for inventing, but our changes are few and those merely trifiling varieties of the same style. It will amuse some of your ladies to know that the only dresses worth looking at as specimens of taste are made by about three good houses which are supplied regularly with models from London; the host of imitators of course soon obtain these; the little periodicals which swarm here copy ugly varieties of the same things, and your London magazines imitate them again, withoug even the variation of a flounce, a frill, or a feather. I assure you there is nothing to be picked up worth sending you; and half the stuff which is crammed in the petits journaux, and translated with with such earnestness for your newspapers and magazines, is no more a feature of what goes on in the now miscalled fashionable world of Paris than it is of the follies in any other capital in Europe. In short, we are here months behind all your higher classes; and for this reason: you have no works which by publishing original English fashions could tranfer them to Paris in three days, for us to copy them while new, and your secondary classes of fashionables all over the kingdom (for we see no exceptions in your works) imitate or variations of your best things. For instance; your nobility have novelties invented at home, we obtain and imitate before your own middle classes see them; they then find their way to our common dressmakers, and through their means are copied into our periodicals; these periodicals are copied by yours, so that when theay are disseminated throughout England, we have all the credit of their originality. We are beigning to look gayer than usual, but all the spirit is gone; every countenace appears thoughtful or excited; but there is none of that animation which won for us the appellation of the gay city.

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