October seems an odd time for frolicking on the English shore, but one of this month’s fashion plates is labeled “Promenade, or Sea-Beach Costume.” The other is equally unusual: not just a “Morning Dress,” but a “Morning Dress, or Costume a la Devotion,” which I’m taking to mean “at prayers” or “at devotions,” given the background portrayed in the print. A young Regency woman of fashion can gossip with her friends, but she should also spend time communing with the Lord.
Polka dots? Big, yellow polka dots with bright red centers? On your drawing room curtains and sofa? Hard to imagine this “most lively and appropriate furniture print” on anything from the Regency era, doesn’t it?