The images of women's Georgian dresses, shown below, are from the chapter on late C18th English dress 1760-1820,
plus the illustrations appendix and taken from English Costume by Dion Clayton Calthrop. As there are so many illustrations to this particular chapter, I have
divided it into 3 sections. This page - Page 3 - Shows the female
costume plates of women's clothing of
year Georgian reign. For the Introduction to this book see this
introduction written by Dion Clayton Calthrop. My comments are in italics.
Women's English Costume Drawings GEORGE III
GEORGE THE THIRD
Reigned sixty years: 1760-1820.
Born 1738. Married, 1761, Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
The first colour plate above shows the last of the pannier
dresses, which gave way in 1794 or 1795 to Empire dresses. The
second plate shows the Polonaise skirt. After the
French Revolution all dress of both men and women underwent radical
Calthrop wrote:- The drawings of the women's dresses should also speak for themselves.
You may watch the growth of the wig and the decline of the hoop - I trust
with ease. You may see those towers of hair of which there are so many
stories. Those masses of meal and stuffing, powder and pomatum, the
dressing of which took many hours.
Those piles of decorated, perfumed,
reeking mess, by which a lady could show her fancy for the navy by
balancing a straw ship on her head, for sport by showing a coach, for
gardening by a regular bed of flowers.
Heads which were only dressed,
perhaps, once in three weeks, and were then rescented because it was
Monstrous germ-gatherers of horse-hair, hemp-wool, and
powder, laid on in a paste, the cleaning of which is too awful to give
in full detail. 'Three weeks,' says my lady's hairdresser, 'is as long
as a head can go well in the summer without being opened.'
Then we go on to the absurd idea which came over womankind that it was
most becoming to look like a pouter pigeon. She took to a buffon,
a gauze or fine linen kerchief, which stuck out pigeon-like in front,
giving an exaggerated bosom to those who wore it. With this fashion of
1786 came the broad-brimmed hat.
The Mob Cap
Travel a little further and you have the mob cap.
All of a sudden out go hoops, full skirts, high hair, powder, buffons,
broad-brimmed hats, patches, high-heeled shoes, and in come willowy
figures and thin, nearly transparent dresses, turbans, low shoes,
I am going to give a chapter from a fashion book, to show you how
impossible it is to deal with the vagaries of fashion in the next reign,
and if I chose to occupy the space, I could give a similar chapter to
make the confusion of this reign more confounded.
DRAWINGS BY CALTHROP AND THE DIGHTONS,
FATHER AND SON
GEORGIAN WOMEN'S FASHION DRAWINGS 1, 2
ABOVE - GEORGIAN GOWNS - DRAWINGS 1, 2 - 1770-1772
GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 3, 4
ABOVE - GEORGIAN GOWNS - DRAWINGS 3, 4 - 1775
GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 5, 6
ABOVE - GEORGIAN GOWNS - DRAWINGS 5, 6 - 1775
GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 7, 8
ABOVE - GEORGIAN GOWNS - DRAWINGS 7, 8 - 1776-1777
GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 9, 10
ABOVE - GEORGIAN GOWN With CALASH - DRAWINGS 9, 10 - 1783
GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 11, 12
ABOVE - GEORGIAN HATS - DRAWINGS 11, 12 - 1783-1786
GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 13, 14
ABOVE - GEORGIAN HATS - DRAWINGS 13, 14 - 1787-1789
GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 15, 16
ABOVE - GEORGIAN CLOAK - DRAWINGS 15, 16 - 1793-1794
GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 17, 18
ABOVE - GEORGIAN GOWNS - DRAWINGS 17, 18 - 1794
GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 19, 20
ABOVE - GEORGIAN GOWNS - DRAWINGS 19, 20 - 1794
GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 21, 22
ABOVE - GEORGIAN DRESSES - DRAWINGS 21, 22 - 1795-1799
GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 23, 24
ABOVE - GEORGIAN DRESSES - DRAWINGS 23, 24 - 1800-1803
GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 25, 26
ABOVE - GEORGIAN HATS - DRAWINGS 25, 26 - 1810-1820
ABOVE - WOMAN'S GOWN DRAWING 27 - 1830
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