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Georgian Women's Fashion - 1760-1820

King George III - 1760-1820
by Dion Clayton Calthrop
Page 3 - Georgian Women's Fashions

By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com

King George III - 1760-1820
Page 3 - Georgian Women's Fashions
English Costume History by Dion Clayton Calthrop

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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 this 60 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 THIRDGeorge III - Polanaise FashionPANIER DRESS -  GEORGE III - 1760-1820
Reigned sixty years: 1760-1820.
Born 1738. Married, 1761, Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

WOMAN OF THE TIME OF GEORGE III - 1760-1820

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 changes.

Georgian Women Hairstyles, Georgian Wigs & Headwear

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.

Hairstyles, Georigian Wigs & Headwear 1760-1800

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 necessary.

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.'

The Ladies Calash

The Ladies Calash

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.

Women's English Costume Drawings - HAIR - GEORGE III

 

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, straight fringes.

Women's English Costume Drawings GEORGE III

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 TO ILLUSTRATE THE COSTUME OF THE REIGN OF GEORGE THE THIRD - 27 Drawings

DRAWINGS BY CALTHROP AND THE DIGHTONS, FATHER AND SON

GEORGIAN WOMEN'S FASHION DRAWINGS 1, 2

SACQUE, SACK, SAC DRESSES 1770S

ABOVE - GEORGIAN GOWNS - DRAWINGS 1, 2 - 1770-1772

GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 3, 4

PANIER DRESSES 1775

ABOVE - GEORGIAN GOWNS - DRAWINGS 3, 4 - 1775

GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 5, 6

1775 - SHEPHERDESS DRESS

ABOVE - GEORGIAN GOWNS - DRAWINGS 5, 6 - 1775

GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 7, 8

WATTEAU 1776

ABOVE - GEORGIAN GOWNS - DRAWINGS 7, 8 - 1776-1777

GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 9, 10

Georgian Gown with Calash

ABOVE - GEORGIAN GOWN With CALASH - DRAWINGS 9, 10 - 1783

GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 11, 12

CLOTHING 1783

ABOVE - GEORGIAN HATS - DRAWINGS 11, 12 - 1783-1786

GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 13, 14

LADIES COAT 1787

ABOVE - GEORGIAN HATS - DRAWINGS 13, 14 - 1787-1789

GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 15, 16

CLOAK 1793

ABOVE - GEORGIAN CLOAK - DRAWINGS 15, 16 - 1793-1794

GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 17, 18

MUSLIN DRESSES 1794

ABOVE - GEORGIAN GOWNS - DRAWINGS 17, 18 - 1794

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GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 19, 20

GOWNS 1794

ABOVE - GEORGIAN GOWNS - DRAWINGS 19, 20 - 1794

GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 21, 22

LATE C18TH DRESSES

ABOVE - GEORGIAN DRESSES - DRAWINGS 21, 22 - 1795-1799

GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 23, 24

1800-1803 - GOWNS

ABOVE - GEORGIAN DRESSES - DRAWINGS 23, 24 - 1800-1803

GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 25, 26

WOMEN'S GOWNS 1810 -1820

ABOVE - GEORGIAN HATS - DRAWINGS 25, 26 - 1810-1820

DRAWING 27

1830 DRESS

ABOVE - WOMAN'S GOWN DRAWING 27 - 1830

You have been reading English Costume History at www.fashion-era.com © from the chapter showing images of women's fashions during the time of Hanoverian King George III 1760-1820, from Dion Clayton Calthrop's book English Costume.

Page Added 23 August 2010. Ref:-818.

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