""Circassienne": it is composed of an undervest with long, very tight sleeves, and a gown or overcoat pulled up behind on the sides and in back; very short sleeves, cut like the mouth of a canon, from which the undervest's sleeves seem to come; a Muslim petticoat,* the waist of which is hidden under the undervest and which reaches below the ankle on two sides, it is the last piece in the composition of the Circassienne." 1778 Hats, 8E Cahier, Fashion 18Th Cent, Fashionvintag Stylevintag, Fashion Plates, Fashion18Th Cent, 18Th Century, Of Fashion, Galery Des
Also on these boards
Hat à la Biscayenne, composed of a row of pleated gauze, tilted on the head, forming brims; a large ribbon, in box pleats, surrounding the hat crown and supported by a second plain ribbon, ending in the back with a double bow: the crown of the hat, in a gauze pouf, is half-covered by a panache of three ostrich plumes, a little raised, of which the root is hidden in the double bow.
"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..."
Another character Drawing, in the dress of a child's Governess in the home of people of quality. Caraco of Indian taffeta, with matching petticoat, the whole trimmed in box pleats of the same material; sabot-cuffed sleeves, having a head of gauze resembling short manchettes or bonshommes.