1817 October. White Promenade Dress, English. High dress of jaconet muslin richly embroidered around the hem, body composed entirely of work, Long sleeve, finished down the arm in front by bouillons of lace. Charlotte Spencer of blue satin, tight fitting and short waist, wide sleeve ornamented at wrist and shoulder, elegant trimming and disposed in so tasteful manner to give the appearance of perfect novelty. Bonnet, a la Ninon, of the same material, cut in small squares, edged with white satin, turned over at the ends, very large front displays the front hair which is braided across the forehead, edged with puffed gauze, disposed in points, and confined by a narrow fold of white satin, sprig of acacia on left side and finished by white satin strings. French ruff and ruffles of rich lace. Blue or white kid shoes and gloves. We have again to acknowledge our obligations to Miss M’Donald of 29, Great Russel Street, Bedford Square, for our dresses this month. Fashion Plate via Rudolph Ackermann’s ‘The Repository of Arts’.
Promenade Costumes: Young ladies in England in the times of the Bridgerton family and Jane Austen were being encouraged to outside exercise or excursions, despite the often inclement weather, so outfits were augmented with a range of colorful capes and walking dresses. These had various names, such as Walking, Carriage and Promenade Costumes. Matching Spencers or short jackets, hats and muffs, often of fur, were added for warmth.
Definition Spencer: Short jacket, cropped at the waist, worn over a dress, or gown. These close-fitting, tight sleeved, waist length jackets were modeled on a gentleman’s riding coat, but without tails. Delicate and regency dresses provided so little protection from the cold, so over garments were essential for warmth, modesty and good health.1817 October White Promenade Dress, Blue Spencer and High Bonnet, English #Bridgerton #RegencyEra #JaneAusten #HistoricFashion #RegencyFashion https://books2read.com/SuziLoveFashionWomen1815-1819 Click To Tweet