|December 10, 1786|
Never, perhaps, have colors been better united and nuanced in an entire outfit than in the one in which the young Englishwoman is shown in this Plate; never will one find colors which, taken together, would give more grace or sweetness to the face. We do not hesitate to say that our Print presents a perfect whole. Agility in her figure, softness and liberty in her composure, harmony in her dress: everything is found here.
This young Englishwoman is dressed in a violet satin redingote, with sleeves à la Marinière, trimmed with large mother-of-pearl buttons.
Under this redingote, there is a gilet and a petticoat of canary's tail satin; the petticoat is flounced with a narrow white gauze flounce.
And over the front of this petticoat, a long apron of black taffeta.
She wears a full gauze kerchief, trimmed in three rows.
Her hair is frizzed all over in large curls, two of which fall on her chest, and behind, her hair hangs à la Conseillère, bound in the middle with a pin à la Cagliostro.
On her head, a chapeau-bonnette of pink crêpe, lined with black taffeta, and trimmed around the edges with pink crêpe, falling in place of blonde or bobbin lace. This hat is girded with a green ribbon, forming a large bow on the left side.
She wears on the front of her bodice a large bouquet of artificial roses.
Last Friday, two Englishwomen appeared at the Opera with simple hats, all pink, trimmed with a large aigrette of rooster plumes, also all pink.
Many women have only been seen there coiffed with types of turbans, diminutive forms of caps à la Turque, or with simple bandeaux from caps à la Turque, made of muslin or batiste, with white stripes, at least two inches wide, and black stripes, mostly narrower. Over these bandeaux, their hair was entirely uncovered.
Several were only frizzed with little loose curls, and wore caps à la Turque.
An infinite number only wore large mounted caps.