Posted by P. Bingham on March 27, 1998 at 23:46:44:
In response to Ball gowns and color, written by ElaineL on March 27, 1998 at 20:45:59
The prevailing colors were white and pastels of usually greens and pinks and blues, but colored dresses were also fashionable, despite what most fashion books tell you. Fashion plates have shown colors on a grand scale, orange being one, along with bright greens and canary yellows. Perhaps these colors were not normally worn at the very beginning of the period, but after a few years they were common, though not nearly as popular as white. By 1815 a scarlet ball dress was not uncommon. I have a list somewhere of popular colors that are listed with dates. If I can find it I'll post it. But unfortunately just because these colors were fashionable does not mean they were worn for the full dress, but perhaps as trimming for hats, gowns, etc. Someone here a while back posted a terrific collection of fashionable colors along with the dates, I believe taken from a fashion magazine of the period. Take a look in the archives.
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