1816 Fashion, at Mrs Gosling’s Ball

April 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm (entertainment, fashion, portraits and paintings, research) (, , )

A companion piece to our discussion of Mrs Gosling’s May 1816 ball. Here is an “evening dress” from Ackermann’s May issue of the Repository, described as:

A white satin slip, over which is a white lace dress, ornamented with three quillings of white lace on the skirt, intermixed with bows of white satin ribbon. The body and sleeve, both of which are richly ornamented with coloured stones, are formed, as our readers will see by the print, in a very novel style. Head-dress, a cap composed of white satin, finished with a band edged with pearls, and a superb plume of white feathers. Necklace, ear-rings, and bracelets, colored with pearls. White satin slippers, and white kid gloves.

I simply could not resist a close-up of this enchanting head-dress:


  1. mandynn said,

    I think the tubelar dress shape is very 1820s’ ; but I do love the satin cap and her necklace…this is one of the few fashion plates of 1816 I really like!

  2. Regency Costume Fashion Plates « Two Teens in the Time of Austen said,

    […] Mary and Emma would have use for either of these beauties, especially if the evening included one of Mrs Gosling’s balls […]

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