When Jane Austen was a little girl in the late 1770s, ladies wore huge head-dresses, and heavy silk and brocade sack gowns, supported by enormous hoop petticoats and pads (false ‘bums’) underneath the skirt.
|‘High change in Bond St’. Fashions of 1796. James Gillray, Library of Congress LC-USZC4-8766.|
|A court mantua, 1760s.|
|Allegorical woodcut from April 1809 issue of Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, with samples of scarlet and gold furniture calico, a striped ‘Scotia silk’, and a spotted muslin. Author’s collection.|
1820s fashions. The gown on the left is a purple silk gauze
|Fashions of 1800. Author’s collection.|
|Lady's Monthly Museum, August 1798 fashions. Author's collection.|
|1815 fashions. The yellow print calico gown is c.1815; man’s woollen uniform same date; the blue dress c.1808 is possibly for a young girl to wear.|
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Written content of this post and 3 author photos of displays at the Museum of Costume, Bath http://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk, © Sue Wilkes, 2015.