Archives for June 2015
Ackermann’s Repository Fashion plates for March 1809, vol. 1.3, pages 185-86, featuring a walking dress and an opera dress. Also from this issue, a plate and description of “Harding, Howell & Co.’s Grand Fashionable Magazine, no. 89 Pall Mall” (page 187):
And check out this cool ad, asking for manufacturers of “fancy goods” to submit samples to Ackermann’s (complete with real pieces of fabric!)
Installment #2 in the Great Ackermann’s Fashion Plate project: two plates from the the February 1809 edition, pages 121-22, along with written commentary:
In my last post, I asked if there was anywhere on the web where one could easily view both the plates and the written commentary of the fashion plates published in Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, Science, and Commerce. Since I had no replies in the positive, I’ve decided to undertake the project of uploading pictures of Ackermann’s fashion plates, along with the commentary accompanying them, here on this blog. Here, then, are the plates from the first issue of the Repository, from January 1809, vol. 1.1, pages 52-53.
I’ll try to include terms from the write-ups with which I was not be familiar:
Medicis = Medici collar (also de Medici collar), a large, fan-shaped collar, usually of lace, wired to stand upright at the back and sloping to meet a square neckline at the collar. The style was made fashionable in the 17th century by the Medici women, esp. Marie de Médicis, Queen of France, and was revived in a less extravagant form in the 19th century. (courtesy of the OED).
Check back next Wednesday for February 1809’s plates and descriptions.