Friday, December 21, 2012

Galerie des Modes, 19e Cahier, 5e et 6e Figures

Summer frock coat of vermicelli-patterned linen with little bands of painted linen that take the place of braid. (1779)

Polonaise of blue and white vermicelli-patterned linen, trimmed flat in bands of linen, painted in all colors on a white ground. (1779)

VERMICELLI GOWN AND SUIT.  Place these two Prints so they are looking at one another: they will offer you a little Master who addresses his Mistress, and gives her the salute of love.  Both have clothes of vermicelli-patterned Indienne, which is to say, representing the twists of woodworm tracks.  It has been borrowed from Architecture, where the vermicule ornaments are in use.  These indiennes have been extremely fashionable, and both sexes have adopted them.

The Elegant Man that the Print presents is dressed in a Frock coat with a collar called à la Saxe, with a Perse border forming a frame.  The tabs of the basques are made with vazisdas.*  Vest of white linen, with a border matching that of the frock coat.

The Woman is sufficiently described in the caption; it has only omitted to say that the bottom of the skirt were painted in country style, in a very agreeable way.  It is also necessary to give attention to her Chinese parasol, lined with white taffeta to better reflect the rays of the Sun and preserve the color of this Beauty.

* Openings in windows and doors at eye level; peepholes.  This probably refers to the treatment of the top of the slits in the coat's skirt.



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