October 1809’s fashion plates from Ackermann’s feature a blue ball dress with a very slim (and clingy) silhouette and a hem that shows off more than a bit of ankle! I wonder if any readers found it a bit scandalous? The second plate is less risqué: a white walking dress with quite a fancy (and colorful!) shawl and umbrella pairing.
Arbiter Elegantiarum‘s comments speak about suspending his/her “strictures” of late, both out of a desire to see what impact, if any, Arbiter‘s advice had had on readers, and out of hope that some readers would argue with or corroborate Arbiter‘s views. Apparently one lady has even attacked AE‘s strictures in verse! I’ll have to see if I can track this down…
Also included are fabric samples, with their relevant write-ups.
Vol. II, no. x, pages 258-59; 277.