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Hair à la Dauphine: two curls on the side, two curls en crochet,* holding a dolphin's tail; this hairstyle is surmounted with a pinched ribbon placed en barriere, holding a diamond rose and crossed by a row of pearls. The chignon is in a knight's cross, from which escapes a curl à la Sultaine which descends to the throat, where it ends.
"A caraco à la Française, seen from behind; the back pleats, or the back itself, are the same as on the robes à la Françaises. At first only trimmed on the front & around the throat, over time the trim was extended around the hem.The 1st caracos were very long; this form was lost several years ago, they should end at the opening of the pocket slits in the petticoat. After the sleeves were ended with pinked manchettes, they were put in sabot cuffs w/little bonshommes, this is their current form."
A Most Beguiling Accomplishment: Galerie des Modes, 7e Cahier, 5e Figure (1778). Caption & long description translated by Cassidy. "Marchande de modes carrying her merchandise in the city... A vast therese of black silk with turned-up edges, trimmed with gauze, covers her head and hides a part of her charms from the avid gaze of passersby; but her mantelet is arranged in such a manner to keep the elegance of her shape from escaping the viewer. She is dressed in a robe unie,* trimmed with..."
"Plump and young lady taking the fresh air in the morning: she is dressed in a "flourishing tail" or "rounded rump" Polonaise* with very expansive wings, the whole trimmed with wide bands of gathered linen. These polonaises, much more ample than the others, perfectly suit people whom nature has given a nice roundness or whose pregnancy will soon show."
"Demi-polonaise, or polonaise à la liberté. It is a diminutive version of the bottom part of the gowns that Court Ladies, obligated by etiquette to be seen in public in the morning, adopted long ago, which made a rather happy addition to the new fashions. The demi-polonaise consists of a petticoat, to which is attached the bottom of the polonaise, or simply a polonaise tail pulled up as usual; it is as comfortable as it is pretty, has the double advantage of making one appear fully dressed."
Circassienne with a colored ground, with bands of painted fabric and a little band of pleated gauze around it; the petticoat is of another color, and the trim of the petticoat matches that of the gown. The coiffure is a hat à la Grenade. (1780)/169-0002-113.jpg
A Most Beguiling Accomplishment: Galerie des Modes, 9e Cahier, 2e Figure (1778). Caption & long description translated by @Cassidy. "Elegant lady in informal gown of striped Indian Taffeta... Informal gown of striped Indian taffeta, trimmed in poufs of striped gauze; sleeves en pagode, with bonshommes; very high volante, headed with a trim similar to that of the gown, and with another band of it placed en barriere above the volante. Black taffeta mantelet, with the ends of the hood coming to..."
A Most Beguiling Accomplishment: Galerie des Modes, 11e Cahier, 5e Figure (1778). Caption & long description translated by @Cassidy. "Young middle class woman dressed in a Polonaise with an embroidered Indian muslin apron. She is wearing a half-négligée cap called 'the Queen's Lever'... Coupé polonaise: this gowns are made like ordinary polonaises; they are only different in the petticoat, which must be without a volant or trim, but a vast apron serves as a veil and entirely covers the front..."