Fashion plate, from La Belle Assembleé

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Fashion plate, from La Belle Assembleé

This hand-coloured fashion plate is from La Belle Assembleé, a ladies' monthly magazine published in London. The plate illustrates the 'court dress of Lady Worsley Homes at the first drawing room of George IV'. It is dated 1 August, 1820.

The text at the foot of the plate reads, 'Invented by Mrs Bell, 52, St. James's Street'. Mary Ann Bell, who may have been related to the magazine's founder, John Bell, was a leading London dressmaker.

From around 1814, her stylish creations rivalled those being produced in Paris. Nobles and gentry were invited to come and see her costumes at the beginning of each month.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-767-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.RHI 19.20
Date: 1 August 1820
Material: Paper. Inscription: Court Dress of Lady Worsley Homes at the first Drawing Room of George IV. Invented by Mrs Bell, 52 St James's Street.
Dimensions: 8.90" x 5.10"
What: Document / plate, fashion
Subject: Fashion plates
Who: La Belle Assemblee
Lady Worsley Homes
Mrs Bell (Dress designer)
Where: England, London
England, London, St James's
Description: Fashion plate showing the court dress of Lady Worsley Homes at the first Drawing Room of George IV, invented by Mrs Bell, from La Belle Assemblee, number 136, 1 August 1820
  • Langley Moore, Doris. Fashion through Fashion Plates 1771-1970. London: Ward Lock Ltd, 1971, pp 21-2. 
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