1810/1811 dress colors
Posted by Linda Ann on December 08, 1997 at 11:46:47:
I subscribe to the Historical Costume list and there's been a lot of talk about early Regency costuming in the past weeks. I was interested to learn how many people have actual garments from the period (or museums have in their collections) that are anything but the white and cream tones I tend to associate with the period.
I plan on making myself an Empire dress and Spenser jacket sometime next year and found this helpful, hope you do, too. Here is the post from the Historical Costume list on seasonal color specifics.
Poster: Sheridan Alder & David Webb
The University of Toronto has a whack of early nineteenth century lady's magazines on microfilm, and I've spent a small fortune copying the bejasus out of them. Here's a very quick n'dirty survey of colours deemed fashionable:
La Belle Assemblee, Fashions for January, 1810
The prevailing colours for the season are, crimson, orange, mazarine, amaranthus, scarlet and cinnamon brown"
Pelisses - black cloth, cinnamon brown the reigning colour, also mazarine and grass-green. Scarlet mantles.
Fashions for February 1810
The prevailing colours for the season are ruby, emerald, amethyst, drab, rose, and olive-brown.
There are no colours worn but black, grey, or sarsnet.
(I feel just the same way in February myself!)
Purple, primrose, jonquille, green, pink, blue, and dove
yellow, primrose, pink, lilac, straw, blue celeste
yellow, deep green, blue, pink, lilac and amber
pink, blue, yellow and buff
jonquille, pink, blue, violet and amber
jonquille, violet, amber, celestial blue, autumnal yellow, and rose
faun-colour, amber, and willow-green
faun-colour, scarlet and Clarence blue
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