It affords us great pleasure to observe the manifest change which has taken place in the dress of our fair country-women, during the present season. The good sense and elegant taste of the English ladies, encouraged by the example so conspicuously set them by our gracious Queen, have given proofs that they have at length rejected Parisian absurdities, and that they have found talent and taste among those long-neglected beings, English dress-makers and milliners. The ladies of this country are well qualified to lead: why should they be contented to follow those confessedly their inferiors? Fashion alone could have solved the query at any period.
Plate 1, Fig. 1.
Promenade dress of English chintz muslin. The skirt is made without trimming, but very ample in dimensions, and set in full entirely round the waist. Sleeve very full at the top, and not quite so close at the lower part as they have been worn for some time past. The corsage is plain at top, and slightly full at bottom. An elegant canezou of moiree, colour, the evening primrose, and edged with a rich silk fringe is worn with this dress. Colerette of tulle, interspersed with rays of gauze ribbon, the same colour as the canezou. Chapeau a la reine of primrose-coloured moiree. The hair is open, and of moderate size, with rayons and mentonnieres of blonde, and gauze ribbon. The crown is low on the right side, and ornamented with pointed feuilles of moiree, bound with satin, and edged with blonde: small sprigs of purple heath-flowers are mixed with the trimming of the crown. Agraffe and bracelets of gold and amethysts; gloves and boots of lilac kid.
Evening dress of celestial blue crape, superbly embroidered in white floss silk, worn over white satin. The sleeve short and very full, finished with a band of embroidery. The corsage is cut quite plain, and is richly worked at the upper part of the bust. A brace of worked crape crosses the bust, and terminates in an acute point, a little below the ceinture. The skirt is very full, and has a splendid border of work at some distance from the bottom, but not so high up the skirt as in our last. The hair is parted in front, and arranged in full curls on each temple. The back hair is disposed in four coques, and a broad Grecian plaid, on the crown of the head. A comb of tortoiseshell inlaid with gold, is placed at th back, and a double row of pearls, with an agraffe of pearls and rubes crosses the forepart of the head. Ear-rings, necklace and bracelets of pearls and rubies; shoes of white satin.
Plate 2, Fig. 1.
Ball dress of pink gauze over a pink satin slip. Corsage a la Donna Maria, with a full tucker of blonde net, headed by a narrow trimming of blonde, and a small rouleau of pink satin. Sleeve of blonde, set in a band of satin, and finished with a fall of blonde. An epaulette cut in double scallops, reaches halfway down the sleeve. Three noueds of satin ribbon are placed on the epaulette, and from each descends a band of ribbon which meet at the bottom of the sleeve. The skirt is of the usual width, and has a light and graceful garniture running round the top of the hem, which is moderately deep; it is composed of deeply serrated leaves of satin, forming a serpentine over seven small rouleaux of the same. The hair is simply braided in front, and arranged in three coques at the top of the head. A coloured gold comb, with a very high gallery, supports the coques, and a delicate gold chain, with a small ornament of gold and chrysoprase, is placed rather low on the forehead. Shoes of pink satin.
Dress of emerald green satin, made high. The corsage is made in an entirely novel style. It is cut in points from the shoulder to the waist, the points becoming smaller as they descend, and partially displaying a chemisette of white crepe lisse, laid in very close plaits over the bust. The points of the corsage are held together from the throat to the waist by small enamelled buttons. The sleeve is full at top, and the fulness extends further down the arm than those lately worn. It is terminated at the waist by a pointed cuff of satin, confined by a bracelet of plain gold. An epaulette, composed of five pointed leaves, fastened on the shoulder with a bow of satin, forms an elegant ornament of the brace kind, and displays a fine shape to very great advantage. The skirt has a beautiful trimming of bell-shaped ornaments, terminating in obtuse points at the bottom of the hem. A very elegant bonnet accompanies this dress; it is made of lilac gros-de-Naples, and straw-coloured satin. The front, which is rather open, is lined with straw-colour, and has a deep fall of blonde, set on full. The crown is low, and flat at the top, sloping a little forward, and trimmed on one side with a light garniture of indented leaves of a straw-colour edged with lilac, and relieved with bunches of the Chinese aster. The hair is arranged in soft ringlets, which fall rather low at the sides. Boots of green silk; gloves of straw-coloured kid.