|December 30, 1786|
Consequently, one should not be astonished if we happen to give as English Fashion what was some time ago French Fashion, and as French Fashion was we had already published as English Fashion. Men's redingotes, that we should call Franco-Anglomane gowns, having come from Englishwomen to Frenchwomen, and this Fashion existing still in both countries, one should not be surprised today if we show Englishwomen dressed like Frenchwomen.
The Englishwoman drawn in PLATE I wears a man's redingote of olivish wool, with three wide collars falling very low to below the shoulders, with large revers lined with violet satin, with violet satin cuffs, and trimmed on the cuffs, on the hips, and on the fronts with wide white mother-of-pearl buttons. A sort of belt of the same wool, trimmed with the same buttons, binds this redingote from the front in the manner of German redingotes. This is the only addition at present which differentiates the former English redingotes from the current French ones.
Under this redingote, a petticoat of matching wool.
This Englishwoman's neck is trimmed with a wide muslin cravat, which comes to tie in a large bow in front.
She wears an apple green felt hat, wrapped with a wide violet ribbon, which passes in front through a very wide worked steel buckle, and forms two large bows, one in the back and one in the front.
Her hair is frizzed en tapet. Two large curls fall on either side of her chest, and behind her hair hangs à la Conseillère.
Her shoes are of violet satin, and flounced with a white ribbon.
Her hands are covered with olivish leather gloves, and in the right she holds a little cane.