Galerie des Modes, 13e Cahier, 4e Figure

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Robe à l'Anglaise of apple-green Pekin, the trim of plain gauze with a garland of flowers, a pouf cap of Italian gauze bordered with flowers, the parfait Contentement Pink, the Shoes Pink, and the rosette white. (1778)

Robe à l'Anglaise: the true robes à l'Anglaise have little knife pleats in the back, held at the waist and descending almost to the ground: thus the ladies in England wear them.  But in France, the little pleats of these gowns have been removed and been given more width in the tail; on the front they took a more graceful form, and would be better called "fitted-cut" gowns rather than robes à l'Anglaise.


It is one of these changed gowns which the print offers.  The trim, in a band of box-pleated gaze de fantaisie, serves to act as a head for a flower garland, stripped of stems and leaves: the openings of the pockets and the sabot cuffs have a matching trim.

Petticoat with a large volant, having for a head a band matching the trim of the gown; a second band, resembling the former, is places above the volant.

Tasseled watch cord is positioned on the left side; contentement covers the top of the compere and unites the two sides of the gown.

Coiffure à la mignarde:* braided chignon, two straight curls, the whole surmounted by a pouf of gaze d'Italie with a double papillon, surrounded by a flower garland matching those of the trim.

Rosettes on the shoes, bracelets, necklace, fan: all show a coquette who has neglected nothing to complete her parure and make it agreeable.  She profits for a moment that she finds herself alone, to consider if a negligent air would not be preferable to a too-uniform appearance.

* a mignarde is a sweet, delicate person