Fashion Plate, October 1799

Print 311-Morning Oct 1799 2.jpg

Subject

Illustration

Title

Fashion Plate, October 1799

Date

October 1799

Format

original size 7 inches x 5 inches (17.78 cm x 12.7 cm) current size 6 5/8 inches x 4 1/4 inches (15.87 cm x 10.5 cm)

Description

Morning Dress for October 1799

Mary C. Whitlock, former department chair and founder of URI’s Historic Textile and Costume Collection, found many loose fashion plates in antique shops around Massachusetts and donated them to URI’s collection. These fashion plates were either cut out of the original binding because it was so worn, or sold as loose-leaf images, so are not presented in their original bound form. This fashion plate is from The Lady’s Monthly Museum, October 1799. A bound version of the last six months of the publication, Volume 3, is housed in the Art and Design Library of the Edinburgh Libraries and Museums and Galleries in Scotland. Fashion plates were hand colored after printing, thus it is not surprising that the coloration in the URI copy differs somewhat from the one in Edinburgh.

The dresses depicted are morning dresses in white muslin with sparse yellow or red details. They appear to be a transition between the round gowns of the earlier 1790s and the pure Neoclassical look of the early 1800s. Neoclassical influence is seen in the simple white color, the low round neckline, the slightly elevated waistline, and the scarce decoration. The descriptions accompanying the fashion plates in the Edinburgh copy state that the bonnets are straw or chip trimmed with muslin or silk net.

The original description of these fashions is found on page 312 of the Lady’s Monthly Museum, October 1799, vol. 3. The page is labeled “Cabinet of Fashion, with Elegant Coloured Engravings.”

Morning Dress

First Figure. Helmet bonnet of straw or chip, white or lilac muslin crown, tied under the chin with a yellow handkerchief; orange bow. Cambric muslin dress, drawn close round the neck; buttoned half way, then forming a train, trimmed with orange-coloured border. Epaulets on the shoulders, and small puckered cuffs trimmed with lace. – Orange-coloured gloves and shoes.

Second Figure. Round straw or chip bonnet, with white silk net; full frill at neck. Scotch cambric open dress, trimmed with fancy border. Slate-coloured gloves and shoes.

References

https://www.capitalcollections.org.uk/view-item?key=T3siUCI6eyJ0eXBlIjoxLCJpZHMiOlsyMTVdfX0&pg=8&WINID=1606707188318&fullPage=1#er_RhhUYr3gAAAF2FzX6vA/33424

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Source

Donor: URI Purchase

Identifier

URI 1957.99.05

Contributor

Cora Staber

Creator

The Lady’s Monthly Museum or Polite Repository of Amusement and Instruction: Being an assemblage of whatever can tend to please the Fancy, interest the Mind, or exalt the Character of The British Fair.

By A Society of Ladies. Vol. 3
London
Published by Verner & Hood, Dec. 1, 1799

Publisher

The Lady’s Monthly Museum or Polite Repository of Amusement and Instruction: Being an assemblage of whatever can tend to please the Fancy, interest the Mind, or exalt the Character of The British Fair.

By A Society of Ladies. Vol. 3
London
Published by Verner & Hood, Dec. 1, 1799

Relation

See Fashion Plates for June 1799, July 1799, December 1799

Collection

Citation

The Lady’s Monthly Museum or Polite Repository of Amusement and Instruction: Being an assemblage of whatever can tend to please the Fancy, interest the Mind, or exalt the Character of The British Fair. By A Society of Ladies. Vol. 3LondonPublished by Verner & Hood, Dec. 1, 1799, “Fashion Plate, October 1799,” Historic Textile and Costume Collection, accessed August 8, 2022, https://uritextilecollection.omeka.net/items/show/401.

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