January 1852

January 1852

Date: January 1852
Originally published in: Stockholms mode-journal
Description: Six women in more or less formal dresses, worn under coats.

From left to right:
The woman in white is wearing a coat of the model 'Rachel' with a hood. The coat is made of cashmere, with yellow ribbons in silk and with silk lining. This is worn over an evening dress made of white taffeta with lace frills. Her hair is decorated with flowers.
The woman in pink and purple has a coat of the model 'Stuart' made of velvet, with wide sleeves. Her pink bonnet is frames her face and her curls arranged in a fashion known as Sevigné.
The woman in matching green jacket and dress has her clothes made out of alpaca, decorated with velvet ribbons. The model of the jacket is known as 'voyageuse'. Her simple bonnet is decorated with matching green velvet ribbons.
The woman in blue and black is wearing a Parisier walking coat made out of blue silk, with darker blue velvet decorations. It is rather close-fitting at the upper part of the body and then loosens up over the skirt of the black silk dress. 
The woman in brown has a coat known as frileuse - the name comes from the pleats on the front, collar and sleeves on the coat. The sleeves are close fitting. It is made out of silk. The bonnet is dressed in silk and with a plume. 
And the last woman is wearing a green camara-coat, made of cloth decorated with velvet and soutache boards. The brown silk dress worn under has a similar board. 

I can't help but wonder, when reading the original descriptions of these clothes, how many who actually wore these clothes made of silk and velvet, and not just made versions in wool and cotton. (And the habit of giving pieces of clothing names is quite endearing!)

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