Evening Dress, September 1812
Fashion plates showed women and dressmakers what fashionable society was wearing in London and Paris. In 1812, a neoclassical look with tubular silhouette, empire waist, and open neckline reigned for London’s evening events. This evening dress from the September 1812 volume of Ackermann’s Repository of Arts publication features sleeves that are gathered at intervals with pink ribbons. The figure’s hair is arranged “a la grecque” in a bun with curls framing her face and a floral headpiece. Accessories include a gold necklace, earrings, fan, and gloves. The neoclassical theme is reinforced by the bench on which the figure is sitting.