Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Galerie des Modes, 40e Cahier, 4e Figure

Levite of pink satin trimmed with piping and white lozenges, the Trim of the petticoat is in drapery with Lozenges, the Scarf worn as a baldric, the Coiffure is a crested Pouf belted with a doubled narrow ribbon and adorned with flowers. (1782)

 Gloves. - "Gloves did not cease to be an indispensable accessory of the toilette. Abbe Jaubert, in his Dictionnaire, notes (1773) that "one wears them in all seasons and women above all can hardly do without them."  He enumerates the types of leather from which they are made: chamois, goat, sheep, lamb, suede, deer, elk, etc. and which never hinders the industry of silk, thread, wool, or cotton gloves, that are done as a trade,* nor that of gloves of velvet, satin, taffeta, linen, and other fabrics.

"The types of gloves are as varied as their materials.  There are the furred, the glazed, the perfumed; there are also embroidered ones, where the junction of the fingers, the perimeter of the neck of the thumb, the edge of the top and nearly all the seams are embroidered with thread, silk, gold, or silver."

* I believe this refers to knitted gloves, probably made on knitting machines.  "Thread" is often used in English sources to mean linen yarn, eg. "thread stockings".

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