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Men and Women Fashions January 1844


This colorful fashion plate found in the Graham's American Monthly Magazine of January 1844. I haven't run across too many plates that feature men's fashion's at all let alone alongside women's.


Fig. 1.--The entirely new style of coats with standing collar--vests of buff cassimer--pants dark brown, with stripe.


Fig. 2.--A dress of white satin, trimmed with volants of broad white lace. Paletot of dark violet velvet, edged all round with sable; cape, collar, and loose long sleeve, all bordered with sable; the backs of the open sleeve being closed with a chain work of silk cord, tied at the bottom part with a naud and tassels. Head dress perfectly plain.


Fig. 3.--A dress of Pekin silk, dark blue ; the entire dress is made perfectly plain, and fits close to the figure. Manteau of rich satin, of a dark fawn color, made rather shorter in length than the dress; the fronts and small cape are composed of velvet, edged with a narrow fulling of satin. The ends of the cape reach to about half way down the cloak ; the ends being ornamented with long silk tassels of the same color as the satin; the velvet with which the cloak is trimmed being three shades darker than the satin. Bonnet of black velvet; the interior trimmed with nauds of orange satin ribbon ; the exterior with black lace, and a garland of roses.


Fig. 4.--A dress composed of French orange satin ; the skirt made very full, with plain high body and sleeves. Mantelet of green satin, bordered all round with a trimming piqu , having a raised effect; the two ends of this mantelet fall very low in front. Bonnet of white velours epingle ; the crown of the chapeau on the left side decorated with a small plume of ostrich tips, and on the right with a fanciful trimming of the same material, edged round with a narrow white blonde falling partly on the front and low on the side ; this trimming forms also the bavolet, or curtain, at the back. No trimming is worn in the interior of the bonnet.

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