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Fashion plate, from La Belle Assembleé

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published in London

Fashion plate, from La Belle Assembleé
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This hand-coloured fashion plate is from La Belle Assembleé, a ladies' monthly magazine published in London. The plate illustrates a carriage dress and appeared in issue no 166 on 1 October, 1822.

The plate shows how the high waistline, which had been fashionable for the previous twenty years, was beginning to drop to its more natural position from 1820 onwards. This called for the revival of the tightly laced bodice in order to achieve the desired small waist.

The full title of La Belle Assembleé was 'Bell's Court and Fashionable Magazine addressed particularly to the Ladies'. It contained information on London and Paris fashions and included many interesting advertisements for cosmetics and beauty aids.

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