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Georgian Women's Fashion 1760-1820

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

By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com

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

  • DRAWINGS TO ILLUSTRATE THE COSTUME OF THE REIGN OF GEORGE THE THIRD

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The female dress costume history images 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 - Lady in Pouter Pigeon Style Polonaise FashionGerogian Panier Gown
Reigned sixty years: 1760-1820.
Born 1738. Married, 1761, Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

WOMAN OF THE TIME OF GEORGE III - 1760-1820

These colour plates show the last of the pannier dresses, which gave way in 1794 or 1795 to Empire dresses. After the French Revolution all dress of both men and women underwent radical changes.

Georgian Women Hairstyles, High 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.

Georgian Wigs

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

Georgian Calash Hood Fashion

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.

Georgian Mob Caps

 

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.

Georgian Dresses

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

DRAWINGS BY CALTHROP AND THE DIGHTONS, FATHER AND SON

Women's English Costume Drawings GEORGE III

FASHION DRAWINGS 1, 2, 3

Georgian Fashion - Sacque Watteau Back Dresses

ABOVE - GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 1,2, 3, - 1770,1772, 1775.

FASHION DRAWINGS 3, 4, 5

Georgian  Dress 1775

ABOVE - WOMEN'S GOWNS DRAWINGS 3,4,5

FASHION DRAWINGS 7, 8, 9

Georgian Ladies Dress

ABOVE - GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 7, 8, 9

FASHION DRAWINGS 10, 11, 12

Georgian Hats

ABOVE - WOMEN'S GOWNS DRAWINGS 10, 11, 12

FASHION DRAWINGS 13, 14, 15

Georgian Redingote

ABOVE - GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 13, 14, 15

FASHION DRAWINGS 16, 17, 18

Georgian Dresses

ABOVE - WOMEN'S GOWNS DRAWINGS 16, 17, 18

FASHION DRAWINGS 19, 20, 21

Georgian Empire Gowns

ABOVE - GEORGIAN FASHION DRAWINGS 19, 20, 21

FASHION DRAWINGS 22, 23, 24

Georgian Regency Gowns

ABOVE - WOMEN'S GOWNS DRAWINGS 22, 23, 24

 

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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