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 an English ball dress and appeared in issue no 160 on 1 April 1822.

During this period, the high waistline of the previous 20 years slowly reverted back to its natural position. This called for the revival of the tightly laced bodice in order to achieve the desired small waist. The bell-shaped skirt was highly ornamented from the hem to knee.

Founded in 1806 by John Bell, La Belle Assembleé contained articles on cooking, painting and needlework. It also reported on events in the literary, musical and artistic world. It remained in publication until 1869.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-772-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.RHI 19.27
Date: 1822
April 1822
Material: Paper. Inscription: English Ball Dress.
Dimensions: 9.30" x 5.40"
What: Document / plate, fashion
Subject: Fashion plates
Who: La Belle Assemblee
Where: England, London
Description: Fashion plate showing an English ball dress, from La Belle Assemblee, number 160, 1 April 1822
  • Holland, Vyvyan. Hand Coloured Fashion Plates 1770 to 1899. London: B.T. Batsford, 1955, pp 54-5. 
  • Lady of Fashion 1800/1935, catalogue prepared for Schofield Collection, National Gallery of Victoria. 
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