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Incroyable fancy dress, 1887 England, Fancy Dresses Described by Ardern Holt

Incroyable (1789).  Short red, white, and blue skirt; blue satin coat with tails lined with red, and revers; lace ruffles; gold buttons; cravat of old lace; gendarme hat, with tricolour rosette; black shoes and buckles, blue stockings.  Old-fashioned gold-headed cane; fob, eyeglass. (Coloured Illustration, Plate VIII.) Or, striped satin skirt, red, white, and blue; gold satin tunic, looped up with red roses; handsome long-tailed coat of blue satin, lined gold, and large gold buttons, and bouquet of roses in buttonhole; high frill and jabot at throat; chapeau a la claque, trimmed gold and brocade, tricolour at side; blue silk stockings, worked in gold, and patent shoes; eyeglass, and elaborate jewellery.  Or, long-tailed coat of sky blue velvet, with large pearl buttons, and a white waistcoat of satin, embroidered with coloured flowers; a skirt of grey tulle with long tunic of soft grey silk looped up gracefully with pale blue satin ribbon; grey silk hose embroidered with coloured silk flowers; dark blue slippers, very large satin bows; powdered head tied with a queue; cocked hat, wide lace cravat; cane with gold head, quaint scissor-shaped eye-glass of the period.  This is a very favourite costume.  Sometimes the skirts are hand-painted; sometimes there are triple revers to the coat, for which plush is a good material; blue with white satin skirt, trimmed with gold, is a good mixture.

Incroyable fancy dress, 1887 England, Fancy Dresses Described by Ardern Holt

Incroyable (1789).  Short red, white, and blue skirt; blue satin coat with tails lined with red, and revers; lace ruffles; gold buttons; cravat of old lace; gendarme hat, with tricolour rosette; black shoes and buckles, blue stockings.  Old-fashioned gold-headed cane; fob, eyeglass. (Coloured Illustration, Plate VIII.) Or, striped satin skirt, red, white, and blue; gold satin tunic, looped up with red roses; handsome long-tailed coat of blue satin, lined gold, and large gold buttons, and bouquet of roses in buttonhole; high frill and jabot at throat; chapeau a la claque, trimmed gold and brocade, tricolour at side; blue silk stockings, worked in gold, and patent shoes; eyeglass, and elaborate jewellery.  Or, long-tailed coat of sky blue velvet, with large pearl buttons, and a white waistcoat of satin, embroidered with coloured flowers; a skirt of grey tulle with long tunic of soft grey silk looped up gracefully with pale blue satin ribbon; grey silk hose embroidered with coloured silk flowers; dark blue slippers, very large satin bows; powdered head tied with a queue; cocked hat, wide lace cravat; cane with gold head, quaint scissor-shaped eye-glass of the period.  This is a very favourite costume.  Sometimes the skirts are hand-painted; sometimes there are triple revers to the coat, for which plush is a good material; blue with white satin skirt, trimmed with gold, is a good mixture.

Esmeralda fancy dress, 1887 England, Fancy Dresses Described by Ardern Holt

A rich gipsy dress in yellow, black, and scarlet satin, made short, trimmed with coins and gold braid; a sash of gold tissue tied about the hips, a tambourine carried in hand; bracelets above and below elbow, united by coins; stay-bodice with coins and gold braid; gold net with sequins; ornaments, sequins.  Sometimes (as in Coloured Illustration No. V.) the skirt is red, trimmed with gold, and the bodice takes the form of a loose black jacket, with full yellow vest of soft silk.

Esmeralda fancy dress, 1887 England, Fancy Dresses Described by Ardern Holt

A rich gipsy dress in yellow, black, and scarlet satin, made short, trimmed with coins and gold braid; a sash of gold tissue tied about the hips, a tambourine carried in hand; bracelets above and below elbow, united by coins; stay-bodice with coins and gold braid; gold net with sequins; ornaments, sequins.  Sometimes (as in Coloured Illustration No. V.) the skirt is red, trimmed with gold, and the bodice takes the form of a loose black jacket, with full yellow vest of soft silk.

fantomas-en-cavale:

L’Art et la Mode, 1921

"The old costumes of our provinces inspire us with new ideas"
Left to right: Berichon (from Berry, a former region in central France), Breton (from Brittany) and Alsatian (from Alsace)
I think these are supposed to be modern interpretations of traditional provincial dress, shown in a more accurate way in the bottom left corner.

fantomas-en-cavale:

L’Art et la Mode, 1921

"The old costumes of our provinces inspire us with new ideas"

Left to right: Berichon (from Berry, a former region in central France), Breton (from Brittany) and Alsatian (from Alsace)

I think these are supposed to be modern interpretations of traditional provincial dress, shown in a more accurate way in the bottom left corner.

January fancy dress, 1877 France, Journal des Demoiselles et Petit Courrier des Dames Réunis

January fancy dress, 1877 France, Journal des Demoiselles et Petit Courrier des Dames Réunis

Spanish fancy dress for September, 1819 UK, La Belle Assemblée

Spanish fancy dress for September, 1819 UK, La Belle Assemblée

Japanese woodblock fashion prints from 1887, because I know how much you guys love this stuff.

(Source: mademoiselle-iona)

Liberty & Co catalogue with 12 color plates, November 1908
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Liberty & Co catalogue with 12 color plates, November 1908

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Evening full dress, 1811 England, La Belle Assemblée

Evening full dress, 1811 England, La Belle Assemblée

July opera dress, 1811 England, La Belle Assemblée

July opera dress, 1811 England, La Belle Assemblée

September “morning dress on a visit”, 1810 England, La Belle Assemblée
I’m assuming that this was meant to be worn in the morning when you’re staying at someone else’s house.

September “morning dress on a visit”, 1810 England, La Belle Assemblée

I’m assuming that this was meant to be worn in the morning when you’re staying at someone else’s house.

February evening dress, 1810 England, La Belle Assemblée

February evening dress, 1810 England, La Belle Assemblée

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