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Fashion Plate Friday – 1855.

14 Feb

For this Fashion Plate Friday I choose a dress that caught my attention a few days ago. Beautiful pink tone and long elegantly decorated train have filled my imagination and I couldn’t stop thinking about this amazing dress even for a minute.

1855. evening or court dress, Le Moniteur de la Mode, Winter

This fashion plate dates from 1855. and it was published in magazine Le Moniteur de la Mode. Because of the long train I’d assume this could be a court dress as well. Anyways, this dress enchanted me on a first sight. Really, just look at this gorgeous shade of pink, white lace and long train decorated with leaves and flowers.

Pointed bodice has a wide neckline decorated with lace and little puffed sleeves are fastened into a bow. The skirt has three lace flounces; each longer than the previous and above each one is a row of matching flowers. Train is quite long (unusual for normal evening dresses of the era, but typical for court dresses) and lavishly decorated with white lace and pink flowers.

1860. Enamel Necklace1860. Enamel necklace – this is the kind of necklace a lady could have worn with this dress

Accessorize includes two matching bracelets, skin toned wrist-length gloves and a simple necklace. Hairstyle is quite lovely; hair is centrally parted, sides are puffed and decorated with white feathers and veil made of white lace.

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Fashion Plate Friday – Regency Evening Dresses

7 Feb

This time I honestly couldn’t decide for just one dress, that is just one fashion plate but Regency era evening dresses have indeed caught my attention this week so I’ll show you some of my favourites.

1817. Evening Dress, Ackermann's Repository, July

1817. Evening Dress, Ackermann’s Repository, July

1819. Evening Dress, Ackermann's Repository, April

1819. Evening Dress, Ackermann’s Repository, April

1819. Evening Dress, Ackermann's Repository, October1819. Evening Dress, Ackermann’s Repository, October

Those are just three, but I love almost every evening dress I see because every single one is unique and spectacle for itself.

I love the simplicity of these dresses, both in colour and in decorations. First dress is decorated only with pink roses and the silhouette is rather flowing with no restrictions, i love that. I’m also fond of contrast of the short puffy sleeves and long, kind of loose white gloves. It gives the look of negligence and effortless elegance.

The second dress is a bit more decorated but it’s still simple all together. I could look at these short puffed sleeves forever for they are so cute and have a slight sixteen century influence. The hat is a little funny to modern audience but in these days it was something everybody would want to have.

The third dress captivated me because of its frills and flower trimmings, it’s something most adorable. The sleeves are made of three puffs of lace and we see, again, long ‘opera’ gloves. The headdress is spectacular and hair is decorated with small flowers. Accessorize is minimal; two necklaces, one longer than the other.

I found all the fashion plates here – http://www.ekduncan.com/

Fashion plate Friday – 1880.

24 Jan

I came up with an idea! Every Friday I’ll write a post about my favourite fashion plate of the week or a fashion plate with a historical influence. Sometimes I’ll include a dress that resembles the one on the fashion plate or shoes and matching accessorize. Who knows?

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1880. Revue De La Mode, May

This fashion plate instantly reminded me of spring which I’ve been so anxiously expecting. I love spring; scented flower gardens, roses, fresh smell of grass, lazing in a warm sun and watching light blue sky full of magical clouds… Enchanting atmosphere of spring fills my heart with such delight and content. I can’t bare nor winter, nor coldness.

I sure enjoyed looking at this beautiful white evening gown and I muss confess it reminded me of Regency era as well. I’m not keen on 1880s fashion, but princess-line silhouette of the late 1870s and early 80s is really astonishing. The cut of this dress is rather simple and the focus is on delicate white silk printed with little roses. Red roses and white lace are main decorations.

Fluid and clean line of this dress is really captivating, just look at it. There’s no excess detailing, everything is just right. The fabric evokes the spirit of Regency era. It so nice to see historical influence in dresses, I’m always searching for different influences in fashion.

The only accessorize lady is wearing are a pair of golden bracelets on white gloves, necklace with medallion and red roses in her hair. Lady wearing this dress on an evening party must have felt like a princess; the dress is so simple but riddled with elegance and good taste.