April 1810, and for the first time, Ackermann’s features a fashionable man! I love the rich brown (“corbeau”) of his coat, paired with the light sage breeches. Quite different from the usual black or dark blue, no? I do wonder what he is doing with that scarf, though, don’t you?
To balance him off, we have not one but three ladies in Evening and/or Opera dress. I’m quite taken with the unusual hair style of the woman seated at the front of the bench—”an eastern style, confined with a comb ornamented with pink topaz, and flowing in loose irregular curls per the bands in front” (262). Perhaps I’ll give it a try…
This month’s fabric selections focus on dress materials. “Rock-coral muslin” looks a bit brown to me (see #3), but I do like the pattern. I wonder if the color has faded over time?
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