Monday, January 12, 2015

The Dress Diet ... Georgian style

Perhaps this is the dress some of us should have worn over the holidays and to parties to eat less.  Or, from another viewpoint, the caption includes "Who'd not starve to lead the fashion?" Below is a 1786 fashion plate with only slightly less puff.

The Inconvenience of Dress      

"Rage for dress, bewitching passion!
Who'd not starve to lead the fashion."

Compare the caricature with a fashion plate of an afternoon dress from the August 1786 edition of Cabinet des Modes...

First image from the Lewis Walpole Library collection HERE.

©2014 Patricia Bixler Reber
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