As the classical lines grew more angular, firmer materials were needed. The popularity of silk, satins and velvets grew in the 1820s. Gowns were also stiffened by applied decoration around the bottom. This pale blue velvet evening gown was designed from a picture in Ackerman’s Costume Plates of 1825. The corsage is plain across the bust, and drawn to shape with a little fullness at the waist. Falling rather low on the shoulders, the neckline is finished with embroidered lace. The sleeves are short with epaulettes formed of heart-shaped leaves and trimmed with blond lace. Full white silk is gathered with a satin band for the bottom of the sleeves. At the bottom of the skirt is a broad band of satin with small silk cord laid across forming squares. An embroidered ceinture (belt) is fastened in front with an antique gem. The African turban of satin, velvet and embroidery was worn for formal occasions. Short white gloves are worn with the long sleeves.
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