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EXPLANATION OF THE PRINTS OF FASHION.
No. 1.-ENGLISH BALL Dress. which may be said to hold its stability Round dress of fine net over a white satin through the fluctuation of its decrees. slip; the border of the net dress ornament- Mrs. Bell, whose elegance of taste and ed with a rich folding of Venetian gauze | fancy is universally admired and patronized or of gossamer satin ; between the puffings | by ladies belonging to the higher classes, of which are bouquets of blue flowers, knots has lately had an order for the vuptial of blue satin, and wheat ears formed of dresses of a lady of high rank and title; pearls issuing from each bouquet. British they comprise every thing that is beauticorsage d-l'antique of blue satiu, laced down || ful, classical, and appropriate for the joyful the front with silk cordon. Drapery of occasion. We cannot, however, content white zephyr gauze.
Wreath of blue ourselves with this general kind of notice, flowers on the hair, intermixed with pearls, without describing, in a particular manner, and brought in a point on the forehead; the pelisse and bonnet of the noble bride. the ringlets arranged d-la-Vandyck. Tur- The pelisse is of white Cachemire, lined quoise stone necklace and ear-rings. Blue with, and turning back with that unique satin shoes with white rosettes, and white and splendid article the Lapland moss : kid gloves. Mirror fan, with the predomi- the bonnet is of Lapland moss, with a nant articles white and silver.
plume of uncurled white ostrich feathers.
For the carriage out-door costume, noNo. 2.-PARISIAN BALL DRESS.
thing is more elegant than a velvet pelisse Frock of Venetian gauze, trimmed with of a fine vermillion colour, trimmed with ruby satin in clusters of cocklesbells, reliev- grey squirrel, and the pelisse lined throughed by points. Border of gauze Auted a-la- out with white sarsnet. Spencers of grosBouffont, confined by slips of ruby satin. | de-Naples, or reps silk, of various colours, Corset body of ruby velvet and white satin, are also much worn in carriages; but the confined in front of the bust by a ruby or fichu spencer of Caroline blue, trimmed a pearl brooch. Coiffeur d.l'Eclipse, form- with moss plush, scems most in favour. ed of tulle, pearls, and gold ornaments. For the promenade, a walking pelisse of The hair confined on the forehead with a fine cloth of Spanish snuff-colour, may lay row of fine pearls. Pearl necklace, fasten- claim to general favour : it is lined with ed in front with a ruby brooch. Carved jonquil satin ; it is trimmed round the cedar fan, and white satin shoes.
border with broad light sable; and is confined down the front with straps, which
fasten with small elegantly wrought butGENERAL OBSERVATIONS
tons. The pelerine mantlet of valuable fur is yet in favour for the promenade: this
warm article requires a pair of very handFASHIONS AND DRESS.
some falling shoulders to render it any way In spite of a remarkable dreary winter, becoming to the female form. and a stagnation of trade which we have The bonnets are still worn very large; regretted to witness during that period those of black seem in greatest requisition; geuerally given to bustle and festivity, yet' and a beautiful one for the carriage of black Taste and Invention still preserve their Lapland moss, is deserving every admiradiversified sway; and Fashion, though tion that can be bestowed on it, and is ever changing, still maintains her throne; l among the most tasteful articles of this
kind at the well known and tasteful Ma- evening dress. They are chiefly the Ibe gazin de Modes in St. James's street, pa- rian, or the British antique ; when the trovized by her Royal Highness the former, the Spanish slashes are filled in Duchess of Kent. The bonnet is lined || by very fine net. with pink, finished at the edge d-la-scie ; French caps and cornettes are universal and is surmounted by a richly curled plume for balf dress; the former are much worn of pink feathers. Other carriage head- | at the Theatres, whence, we are sorry to dresses, either for the airing or morning / say, full dress seems quite excluded : a visits, consist of college caps of black velvet proíusion of flowers adoro the front of the with feathers, or of Caledonian caps; but small French cap. Ladies of delicate the latter has undergone an alteration, health, and who take their breakfast in which, though it renders the head-dress their sleeping apartment, or their dressing lighter, and to some faces more becoming, rooms, wear the chamber cornette ; an ele. is, nevertheless, an innovation on the gantly made little mob of very fine camHighland cap, which, as it is, forms always bric, trimmed very simply with India musa charming head-dress: but tbis slightlin, beautifully embroidered. The Cathechange is the placing iustead of the tartanrine Parr head-dress is much worn at dinner band, points à-l'antique, resembling the parties, it is something in the Anna Boleyn ancient regal diadems.
style, and is composed of velvet and pearls. Dresses merely for the breakfast table, The Iberian toque in scarlet velvet instead are of cambric, trimmed with embroidered of black, is peculiary becoming to ladies muslin or with Urling's Patent Lace; ) of fair complexions. this article is also made use of in the trim- The ornaments most prevailing in jewelming of evening dresses, and is universally lery are pearls, turquoise stones, and diaand justly admired. For half-dress, or home monds in grande costume. costume, we have remarked a beautiful The favourite colours are pink, teaIrish poplin high dress, of tea-colour, finish- || colour, pearl grey, etherial blue, jonquil, ed down the bust a-la-militaire, with rich and vermillion. chain trimming, and with buttons and Brandenburghs of a truly novel style. It has a French collar of tea-coloured satin ;
Cabinet of Taste; and the mancherons of the same material as the dress, have their fullness confined by bands of satin; the border of the skirt is trimmed to correspond with the top of By a Parisian Correspondent. the sleeves.
We must not omit to mention, in a particular manner, the Andalusian costume for
COSTUME OF PARIS. evening full dress. It is of black velvet; I KNOW not how far the gallantry slashed in points à-l'Espagnole, round of your Englislı husbauds extends at the the bust and at the top of the short commencement of the year 1821, amidst, sleeves, in plailed white satin ; two | the various changes which seem to have rows of which poiuts finish the border of taken place in character in every quarter the skirt. With this dress is worn the of this globe; but the most faslıionable Iberian toque of black velvet, with Moorish new year's gift here, from Monsieur le indented squares of black velvet, edged | Mari to Madame sa Femme, has been a lilac with narrow rolled white satin, finished || satin mantle, trimmed and lined throughround the front with a bandeau of pearls | out with very valuable fur. with a dependent tassel, and crowned with But as it is not the lot of all to have such a plume of white feathers; diamonds worn complaisant husbands, and some have none with this dress have, however, the most at all, I will proceed to describe the most superb effect.
prevailing fashion for out-door costume. Whether the dress be made of gros-de- | Pelisses of rose-coloured satin, trimmed Naples, sarsnet, crape, or net, white satin with tulle bouilloné, are much in favour for bodices are almost universally adopted in Il the carriage, especially for short visits of
OR MONTHLY COMPENDIUM OF FOREIGN
ceremony. Pelerines are much worn with more especially the Irish, that know how high dresses, for the promenade, and are to make this refreshment a real banquet. made with a standing-up collar like the Dress hats for the Theatres, or for even wadded pelisses. Pelisses that are not ing parties, are often seen ornamented with trimmed with fur are generally of a purple cocks' feathers; when the dress hat is of colour. Wbite, grey, and rose-coloured black velvet it is adorned with white marapelisses are trimmed with swansdown. bouts mixed with gold ears of corn. lodeed pelisses now form a most expensive Wreaths of flowers are the chief head orand lusuriant dress, and witzchouras, of a nament for young ladies ; they are thinly most valuable richness, are again in high scattered in front but very full on the temfavour: they are either of velvet, taffety, or ples; they are generally composed of moss Cachemire, trimmed with plush silk, or roses with their foliage, or geraniums and furs of every kind. A lady with whom 1 pglantine, with little spiral white flowers, am acquainted has a pelisse lined and trim- from the cups of which issues a little tuft med with feathers of the most rare foreign of silk. Bandeaux of pearls are worn in birds ; she wears with it a wbite satin hat the ball-room; and for evening visits banbordered with swansdown, and orva- deaux of white or rose-coloured satin mented with a plume of marabout feathers. wreathed round with summer roses. Gold It is peedless to say this lady keeps a car- cordon with loops are much in favour on riage ; for fine as the Gallic belles are in toques, wliich often have a spiral orna. their public walks, such a superb dress ment of gold likewise.
Gold fringe is could not well be sported at the pro- || placed at the edges of dress bats; many menade.
of which are often ornamented with The carriage hats are some of them of | ostrich feathers of rose-colour. Ribbons the red currant colour, with the strange cut in leaves are preferred by many ladies association of rose-coloured linings and to dowers, when formed in wreaths for the rose-coloured feathers. The most tasteful || bair; and when these are worn at balls, boubet for walking is curled plush silk of a the border of the danciog frock is trimmed beautiful pink; and grey hats with flowers in the same manner. A little cap of flock of the same colour, made of velvet or che- gauze, something in the Mary Stuart style, ville, are in very great favour. Gold cord is much admired for its simplicity: it is and tassels form a favourite ornament on ornamented with three roses, one at the borinets for the carriage or the public || point in front, and one on each side. For walks.
full dress, the turbans are generally made Five separate strips of satin form the of metallic gauze; which gauze, when in chief trimming on the border of Merino | silver, is called the waves of Pactolus, dresses. On muslin or Cachemire there are when in gold, the same material is styled the same number of full quilled varrow the sands of Pactolus ; tliese two articles flounces. The dresses for walking are so entwined together, have a beautiful effect long that they nearly touch the ground. || in a room well lighted up; the lightness Black velvet dresses are much worn at of these gauzes renders them very approevening parties; they are ornamented priate for demi-turbans, or for twisted with beads, with a corsage of rose-coloured | rouleaux to be intermingled with the hair. or blue velvet ; and which corsage is adorn- White satin dress hats are much in favour ed with Brandeuburghs made of bugles. I with married ladies; they are ornamented White Cachemire dresses, trimmed at the with beads of polished steel, in elegant border with three bands of satin, are lines and figures, each finished by four or much worn at the Parisian tea parties ; || Gve loops of polished steel. A great dethose parties, which I recollect so much mand has been made for the rose-coloured astonished you, when you first beheld caps invented by Mademoiselle Ducroq, them; not only at the orange flower water at her Magasin, on the Boulevards Italien ; mingled with the tea, but at the enormous they are made of ribbon, and ornamented bowl of punch which made a part of the || with gold fringe. repast. Les Thes are not much improved ; Instead of necklaces of jewellery, the and there are none but the British, and French ladies wear Jerusalem chaplets,
they are formed of black beads, separated Exchange, and there met our dear soi-diat long distances by beads of a brickdust sant friend, Mrs. Molineux ; she was sufficolour. Coloured beads in rings, pins, ciently frightful when I left London, but and brooches are much worn; the brooches now she is positively the most ultra of all are made in an oval form; and all jewels ultra fashionables : her waist (for I must are set d-l'antique.
give you something of a description) comMorocco leather ridicules are preferred mences somewhere about the centre of her to those of velvet or satin ; though some gracefully protuberant figure, from thence taffety ones are sported, the bright colour to her very ancles hangs a waving forest of an unripe mulberry.
of flouncing, "tier above tier magnificently Scotch plaid fringes are much used for piled." She pounced upon me immediately, trimming: the checkers consist of rose- which produced a most horrible fit of ennui, colour, white, grey, and the green of the whilst she continued her string of frothy mountain grape foliage.
nothings, as “ delighted to see you- ecstacy of pleasure-looks fascinating-continental
tours-deliciousness of travelling," &c.A FASHIONABLE MORNING
Quite vapoured at such a detestable and inDivine LISETTE,-Since St. Claireux | sipid melange of dowager-gossippivg, I drove has thus desigoated you, it would be pro- | off and left her to finish the peroration of her fanation to begin otherwise ; so, ma chere discourse to the surrounding and variegated amie, if you can spare one moment from tribe of grinning footmen.-Iotruded on the the enjoyment of the continual homage circle of scavans at Mrs. Dieblues. I could that hovers round you, to the morceau en || hardly constrain myself within the bounds petite I am preparing for you, listen to | of good manners at sight of the mistress of the delights of London. Londou! charın. || the house, a perfect counterpart of one of ing sound-dearer to me than even Paris; these fat complacent-looking Chinese jos. and yet Paris is dear, since it contains || ses, which rest in supine security on the one being who participates in my joys, | mantle-piece of many an ancient spinster, and sympathises in my sorrows. You || who has, or fancies she has, a taste for requested that at our return, I would give | collecting china. The josse nodded, and you a true description of the pleasures and unnoticed by the rest of the literati, 1 sat pursuits which diversify half a day of || down. Miss Bathos was performing (for fashionable existence. I think I can treat | the variety of her gesticulations put readyou with a very fair peep at les Mours du || ing, and especially lady-like reading, out of Temps, by extracting an account of a day || countenance) her new poem, a copy of in London from my own diary.
which, after the most pressing entreaties, Having breakfasted in bed, skimmed I have procured, and present you as the over the account of Almack's; saw my | luxuriant fruit of her out-branching own name and Count L-'s together ; || talent. looked at La Belle Assemblée costume;
THE PRISONER'S DREAM, rang the bell for Mignon; and settled a most becoming dress for Lady F-'s | Once from a prison's topmost tower, next rout.
In nigbt's most dark and stormy honr, I dressed en Robe de Matin; pres
Where piped and pent in the ruthless thrall, sed my brother to chaperon me for the day, || of the iron-girt stone of a dungeon wall, threw on a wrapper de voiture; leaving | Scatl'd hy the spell of his changeling fate,
Which bound him to this bitter state, aunt at home consulting with her favourite
A prisoner strove to break his chain, friseur on the most elegant mode of arrang. To riot, revel, rob again. ing her new suit of French tresses.
Down from this eyry its inmate ftung My day commenced by looking in at || A slippery cord, and fast be clung; Lady M'Scrawley's—saw some men-com
But the wind was high,
And eftsoons the sky, pliments, protestations, and adieus; heard that her intended is a black leg-poor | With might and main and horrid shock,
Rang with the clamour of hailstone riren, woman! how very easily flattery imposes || Torn from the adamantine rock, on some people stopped at the Western Where, they say, 'tis piled in heaven.