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Lady CHAMBERS.-A green velvet dress, with || The Three Misses MANNERS SUTTON were a border of ruby and green Mosaic festooned | dressed exactly alike, in pink satin dresses, and with cords and tassels. Head-dress, feathers and || petticoats drawn up in Turkish draperies, mixed diamonds.
with a profusion of large Roman pearl. The Lady C. Scott.-A dress of white crape and || form of these dresses was so decidedly new, that satin, embroidered with silver, and edged with | with these fair wearers they attracted the univerlavender velvet embroidered to correspond. The || sal admiration of the Court. Head-dresses formed body and train of lavender velvet, embroidered || of pearls, and five beautiful ostrich feathers. with silver.
Lady HAGGERSTONE.-A white crape and satin dress, embroidered with silver, and richly
BIRTH-DAY SPLENDOUR, decorated with ropes of silver beads and tassels; DELINEATED IN A LETTER FROM ELIZA TO drapery of ruhy velvet, embroidered with silver ;
JULIA. body and train of ruby velvet embroidered.-
MY DEAREST JULIA! Head-dress, feathers and diamonds.
As I yesterday forwarded you a large packet of Four Ladies PERCY.-White satin petticoats, ll general remarks, I shall confine this letter to an with elegant draperies of white satin trimmed
higher order of delineation, and give you a sketch with fine swansdown. Trains of white satin.and
1 of Birth-day splendour. This moment returned stansdown to correspond.
from St. James's, my pen (naturally the talisman Lady PULTENEY.-White petticoat, bordered
of a full heart), can treat only of grandeur and with gold fringe, and puce velvet vandykes; ele
effect heightened by individual loveliness-of gant goid enibroidered drapery, ornamented with
Majesty and rank softened by the graces of congold and tassels ; puce velvet train, trimmed to
descension and elegance. I could occupy much et respond.
of my time and paper, descanting on the kindLady Drake. Yellow and silver petticoat, or.
ness and affability with which our amiable Queen namented with black velvet. Train black velvet,
received her splendid Court; and I could em. trimmed with silver, yellow sleeves, with point ploy as much more, in describing the various lace.
attractions which distinguished the royal race Hon. Mrs. EKSKINE.-A beautiful dress of vio
that followed in her train; but subjects so inte. let velvet, and white crape, embroidered with sil
resting would engage me too deeply, and beguile ver drapery of violet yelvet, covered with showers
me from the simple purport of my letter, which of spangles, and edged with Vandyke border of is to give you a general idea of the brilliancy and Maltee silver. Body and train to correspond. grace of a Court costume. But expect not, dear
Hon. Mrs. WALPOLE.-A yellow crape petti Julia, that I can be minute; for, in that case, I coat, with a rich appliqué of silver and Argus should actually complete a pocket volume of feathers, ornamented with silver fringe and tas no inconsiderable dimensions. I will, however, sels; train, black velvet. The beauty of the endeavour to siinplify the chaos which is colfeathers, and novelty of the dress, attracted ge lected in my brain, and when beauty and orna. zeral admiration.
ment represent themselves to my mind in the Mrs. WINDHAM.--A grey velvet rone, with a individual order I yesterday beheld them, I will white satin petticoat richly embroidered.
do all in my power to make you a sharer in the Mrs.MANNERS SUTTON.- A white crape pet lively pleasure they afforded me. You have ticoat, richly striped and showered with gold doubtless read with attention the descriptions spangles, formed in draperies, trimmed with given in the diurnal prints. Those that appear point, and tied up with gold tassels and cord; I to be most correct, are forwarded for your satisblack velvet robe, trimmed with gold point lace." faction; and such as have escaped the notice of
Mrs. ABBOTT.-A white satin petticoat, richly these publishers, I will here give you in detail; embroidered in gold sprigs; with draperies of | but I shall more effecrually befriend my dear violet relvet embroidered, with handsome bor | Julia, by particularizing that general style which ders to correspond. Train of violet velvet, the will be the just standard and criterion for full body and sleeves richly embroidered. Head-dress dress during the present season. Cousin Mary to correspond, with diamonds.
(who is as much distinguished for her taste as Hon. Miss CAVENDISH.-A white satin petti. her beauty), assures me that she has seldom coa', with crape drapery, and a rich Mosaic em witnessed a Birth-day where the general costume broidery of gold beads, fastened with a gold bead was more chastely elegant; and for me, to whom chain; train purple satin, trimmed with gold beads. the scene was quite new, I was as much dazzled
· Hon. Miss ONSLOW-White satin petticoat, as interested; and equally captivated with the with a crape drapery of rich Mosaic, border em splendour of the dresses, as attracted by the broidered in gold; train to correspond.
beauty and elegance of the wearers. No. XIII. Vol. II.
As there were many presentations, several || I was also much attracted by a dress formed young and lovely women appeared in white, va. || entirely of silver-grey velvet, omamented round riously designed and executed. There was not the train, petticoat, and drapery, with a white one of these costumes which the most correct beaded fringe, and a fancy border of pearl, in a taste could condemn; but that which struck me sort of Tuscan chain. In the centre of each link as most elegant, and which I had an opportunity was a star of crimson foil, small spots of which of contemplating closely, for some moments, were thinly dispersed in other parts of the border. was composed entirely of white satin. The dra This dress possessed also much singularity and pery of ihe petticoat was pointed in the most
beauty. novel and tasteful style, and round the bottom, | A white crape petticoat over white satin, the drapery, and train, was a deep and rich border | bottom, drapery, and pocket-holes ornamented of silver, à la Grecque, with leaves in mosaic. || with bunches of purple grapes and vine-leaves, At the edge of the border was a deep and splendid | Body and train of purple satin, trimmed with tassel fringe. The waist and sleeves were thickly | silver fringe. A bandeau of diamonds, and plume wrought in minute leaves of silver mosaic. The l of white feathers. A similar dress, ornamented head-dress corresponded in splendour and taste with the convolvulus, had each a very animated with this almost celestial costume. It was formed effect. of a cluster of nine feathers, ù la militaire, placed But I must not suffer to escape my notice, a nearly over the left eye, and ornamented at their dress whose singularity excited universal atten. base with the most superb aigrette of diamonds, tion; it consisted of white crape petticoat, worn and the hind tresses were confined in a twisted over white satin, ornamented all over with tufts knot, with a rich comb to correspond. The neck of the Argus feather. The drapery was fastened Jace consisted of one row of the finest brilliants, up with the same in full size. The train was of set transparent, from the centre of which was crimson satin, trimmed with silver fringe; the suspended a cross of equal beauty and lustre, body and sleeves thickly spanglerl. Argus feathers with ear-rings to suit. Nothing could exceed were blended with the ostrich, which composed the attractive elegance of this habiliment, nor the head-dress. I do not recollect ever to hava any grace of person, that which it adorned. The | seen feathers fixed to so much advantage as on most perfect symmetry of height and size, the this splendid occasion, and there is no omament most correct features, animated by eyes and which requires so much taste and attention; for brows the most expressive. A profile more com- | if not placed with judgment, they tend rather to plete could not have offered itself to the most | disguise than adorn the wearer. The style of the vivid imagination. But, my dear Julia! I must hair accorded exactly with those descriptions alcheck this enthusiasm, or I shall give that space rearly in your possession. No shading for the to one, which might justly be occupied by num bosom was generally seen beyond the gown, bers, for certainly the rising nobility are very which was cut every way so very low, as to exlovely; and were I to treat thus fully of personal pose the back and shoulders, and many fair feattractions, the M- s, the
D s, the
A s l males exhibited the bosom quite a la Francoise. and the R- 5, with a train of et ceteras, would | But, in justice to some individuals, I ought to equally claim their portion.
tell you, that where the robe-maker had tres. It is very singular that the pa pers should have || passed on the hounds of modesty, I observed a omitted to notice a dress, which by its uncom piece of point lace put strait across the back, mon richness appeared to attract universal op- and gently gathered in the centre with a small servation. It consisted of a petticoat of white | diamond brooch, while the same soft shading satin, superbly embroidered at the bottom in was judiciously adopted for the bosom. The passion-flowers, embossed with silver. The dra chaste and correct attention paid by our virtuous peries were of silver crape. The train of rich Queen to every thing which affects the moral amber-coloured velvet, embroidered in shaded l purity of the nation, must have been gratified brown and silver; passion-flowers to correspond ll with this delicate attempt in her fair subjects with the petticoat, and a deep silver fringe at the to cast the veil of English decorum over a custom bottom of each. The body and sleeves orna- ll of Gallic obtrusion. mented with silver, and a deep fall of Mechlin | I confess, my dear Julia, I am sorry when I lace round the bosom. Head-dress, a tiara of see the British female forsaking the dignity of large pearl, military plume of white feathers, her character. Sume kind author tells us, we tipt with amber. Necklace, ear-rings, and arm | are formed to be imitated; and surely we would lets, of the finest pearl. This dress was strikingly || not now become copyists. nouvelle, and possessed a splendour of effect con- || What do you think of me, my friend? Is sistent with the grand occasion on which it was there any danger (after all my admiration of the worn.
great and the gay) that the dear parsonage should
be disgraced by me? God forbid ! I admire the || portrait, but just tell you, that the prevailing gay world, but I adore the good! Don't be in all colours at Court were, violet, green, jonquille, rage now, for I am not going to preach. No, my and pink; that borders á la Grecque, and Vanlove, I can descend from my stills in a moinent; dyke, are more distinguishing than ever; and can skip with magic quickness from the rector's that I ain your much exhausted, but ever pulpit to a lady's sleeve! These same sleeves, faithful my dear Julia, were on this day worn short and
ELIZA. easily plain, trimmed and ornamented meme the dress. I am sorry I cannot treat much of our favourite appendage, the bouquet. I scarcely
THE LONDON SHOEMAKER. saw three in the drawing-room suit, nor were ang flowers worn in the hair. But how will our See you that elegant chariot which, in rapid grandfathers exult, when they hear that there | Aight, skiis lik a swallow, the surface of the were not half a dozen ladies who wore rouge ! - street ? Who do you think thus drives along in Cousin John says, he does not wish to see this this dashing style and equipage? It is a celehitherto animating appendage of the toilette en brated Shoemaker, an all-accomplished son of tirely exploded. He observes, that when the Crispin, a man of fashion and elegance, a paragon vivid rays of youth have ceased to animate the of taste-who makes ladies' shoes, of a colourfemale face divine, or when axiety has cast her ing, quality, brilliancy, eloquence, and poetry, pale shade over the matronly brow, it is but
| beyond all competition and description. He never paying a compliment to nature and society when speaks but in numbers-he breathes his amorous we borrow the lustre of art; and that the error songs, takes his measures as zephyrs gather roses; rests in the concealment, and the injury in ex the Anacreon of his trade, the Tibullus of the cess! However this may be, I cannot but wish | buskin, the Ovid of the last. This arbiter of pemy dear Julia (with her interesting fairness) dal taste and ornament, barely expends 15001. Fould leave off this artificial colouring. My aunta-year. Is it not then an irresistible proof of the assures me it is ever a detriment to an unmarried excellent order of things, when the scale of woman; and you see that even cousin John, conditions is so well maintained, that a Shoewith all his liberality, only thinks it allowable maker can drive, full speed in his carriage, in the old and the anxious.
through the western streets and squares of the I cannot better conclude this epistle, than metropolis, to receive the ladies' orders for shoes with a description of the wedding-dress of Lady and sandals, from 20s. to 30s. a pair ? Our H. Villiers; for a bridal costume possesses con Shoemaker is a man unrivalled for his presence siderable interest for us young girls who one day of mind, and no man more eminently possesses hope to be ranked amidst the votaries of Hymen.
the art of reminding a well formed woman of her This dress, my dear Julia, was composed of the own importance. finest India cobweb inuslin, made round with a
A lady of the first rank and quality, saw in the train, and worn over a soft and highly polished
house of a devotee to fashion, some elegant shoes satin slip; it had an appliqued apron in front, of various colours, shapes, and decorations, and of the finest Mechlin lace, with which the dress
of a physiognomy interesting beyond description. was also trimmed; the back was cut very low, “Oh Lud!” she exclaimed to her friend, “ I am and the front formed square, terminated with a delighted with your exquisite taste in the article lace tucker, and finished at each corner of the
of shoes I am in extacy at the sight-What basom, with brooches of the finest pearl; the
| a beautiful pair of shoes are those fawn-coloured sleeve a la Circassian, or Turkish, fastened with
kid, laced on the instep with silvered leather, elassimilar ornaments; her hair was simply and
tic soles and heels.-And how delightfully handtastefully confined with an arrow formed of some those glossy white satin slippers and silver blended diamonds and pearls; and a tiara to
spangles." The inimitable Shoemaker is sent correspond. Fiom the crown of the head flowed
for, and attends. He is honoured with an introa Brussels lace veil of the most transparent fabric; duction-assumes the man of fashion, and exher pelise was formed of a beautiful undressed
cells the courtier in politeness. “Your Ladyship glossy satin, of French white, and cut with the has the most elegant foot and ankle in the uniChinese back; its trimming corresponding with verse, and it will be my pride to embellish the unique muff and tippet, was of the finest the triumphant excellencies of your majestic gossamer fur.
step.” The shoes are ordered for the same Can you conceive, my dear Julia, a pretty evening. In two hours they are brought home, woman attired with more delicacy, or advantage? || and introduced as the most eleganr pink satin Let me not efface the fair image by any minor gala shoes, with gold rosettes, whose appear
ance in the ball-room will ravish the senses. The || shoes torn to pieces, unfit for use !”-“Impos. price only twenty-four shillings. They arrived at sible let me see.-Ah, bless nie! torn sure six o'clock, were admired till eight, put on at nine, enough, and only to be replaced by a new pair! worn uniil bed-time, and laid aside in the morn But how has it happened? 'Tis beyond my coning by the maid. Enchanted with her purchase, ception."_" Oh, Sir," the lady replies, “conthe lady is anxious again to appear in them. sider my loss.”_"Consider, consider, why, MaShe calls for her maid, and is told the shoes are dam, they surely have been ill used. How long useless, having been worn out when they were | did you wear them?"_“I walked in them but taken off.--" Amazement! distraction! shock.
nt! distraction! shock. || iwo hours.”—“Walked in them, Maclam,walked, ing!-Run to his house, and let ine hear the Oh then, it is not to be wondered at; why, loss is not irreparable.” The polished Shoemaker Madam, those shoes were made only to wear, arrives.“ Madam!"-Oh Sir, such an acci- || and not to walk in. dear! it is distressing beyond endurance! my |
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