Fashion Plate, August 1801

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Fashion Plate, August 1801


August 1801


Evening Dresses for August, 1801

Fashion plates were targeted to the elite until rotary printing made them widely available beginning in the 1820s. The artists usually crafted their drawings with a dressmaker, then the fashion plates would be engraved and printed, and finally precisely hand colored. This fashion plate is titled “Evening Dresses for August 1801;” it was printed in London for the Lady’s Monthly Magazine. Another copy is in the Costume and Textile Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The dresses display Neoclassical features with high waistlines and tubular silhouettes. The Neoclassical style that prevailed in women’s fashion in the early nineteenth century was symbolic of the political atmosphere at the time. After the French Revolution, the last thing women wanted was to express opulence and extravagance through their dress. Interest in ancient political philosophies as well as classical antiquity—as a result of the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum—contributed to the period’s fixation on Neoclassicism (Franklin 2020). Not only did Neoclassicism prevail in fashion, it was also very admired in all arts and architecture.


Fashion Plate, “Evening Dresses for August, 1801” for “Lady's Monthly Magazine.” Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Available at:

Franklin, Harper. (2020, June 25). Fashion History Timeline: 1800-1809. Available at:


Donor: URI Purchase


URI 1957.99.12


Sophia Joslin


Wirgman, Hanover Street, Hanover Square


Wirgman, Hanover Street, Hanover Square



Wirgman, Hanover Street, Hanover Square, “Fashion Plate, August 1801,” Historic Textile and Costume Collection, accessed August 8, 2022,

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