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Mad Hatting from the Museum of London

This is a close up of the hat and hair from the blue pelisse above. It’s actually quite pretty, even though it makes the outfit look much mo...

A pelisse or pelisse-coat, a kind of women's outer garment which could be made in everything from the lightest silk to heavy fur. It was worn over a gown but could look like a gown itself, especially when floor length like this garment. The pelisse was made for a trousseau in 1823 for the wedding of the grandmother of the donor.

Pelisse, ca. 1820. Probably American. Silk. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pelisse coat, 1820. This is the quintessential women's outerwear garment of the early 19th century. Due to the nature of the fashions of the time, the pelisse had to be very fitted and tailored to better cover the insubstantial textile of the gowns underneath. Therefore they tended to be very fashionable and follow the lines of Empire dress.

c.1820-30 Cotton Nursing Corset Met 1999.216.5 Close up of the lacing on ONE side. looks like a later alteration to me.