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    A Most Beguiling Accomplishment: Galerie des Modes, 8e Cahier, 2e Figure (1778). Caption & long description translated by @Cassidy. "Young Lady in a Circassienne trimmed with blonde lace, decorated with a streaked ribbon, wearing a romantic Hat and a loose, braided chignon... Of all the beauties which decorate the seraglio of the Grand Seigneur, there are none that rival those who come from Circassia. One would be tempted to believe that in that happy country, nature takes pleasure in..."

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Bourgeoise walking with her daughter, she is dressed in a silk dotted with little flowers, and her daughter in buras trimmed with ribbons, 1778

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.

Cook, newly arrived from the Provinces, who is beginning to take on the elegant airs of Paris. (1778)

"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..."

Little Mistress in a Polonaise Gown of painted linen trimmed with muslin, reading a letter, 1778

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.

Robe à la Polonaise of white linen with a border of painted linen, a gauze Apron; the coiffure is a Hat trimmed fashionably. (1779). A Most Beguiling Accomplishment: Galerie des Modes

"Demoiselle à la promenade du matin, en Polonoise garnie en tuyaux, deux montres a ses cotés et coeffée d'un nouveau Pouf elegant", Gallerie des Modes, 1778; MFA 44.1318


Woman's banyan 1750-70 by Johanni, via Flickr. Unusual and love the color!

Coiffure de Grande Parure en Réseau, Robe de Velours


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