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.
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