“From 1810 to 1820 dresses became slightly more structured with padded hems and firmer fabrics, such as twills and even some taffeta. Soft colors returned to fashion after a 10-year absence. Sleeves began to grow fuller at the shoulder and high waists endured throughout this period but lowered slightly as the years went by.
Skirt hems widened ever so slightly. Fabric trimmings (often in the same fabric as the dress) were used extensively.”
Wikipedia writes of early 19th-century menswear:
“This period saw the final abandonment of lace, embroidery, and other embellishment from serious men’s clothing outside of formalized court dress—it would not reappear except as an affectation of Aesthetic dress in the 1880s and its successor, the “Young Edwardian” look of the 1960s. Instead, cut and tailoring became much more important as an indicator of quality. This transformation can be attributed in part to an increased interest in antiquity stemming from the discovery of classical engravings, including the Elgin Marbles. The figures depicted in classical art were viewed as an exemplar of the ideal natural form, and an embodiment of Neoclassical ideas. Therefore, in the 18th century, dress was simplified and greater emphasis was put on tailoring to enhance the natural form of the body.”
- “1800 to 1810.” Vintage Fashion Guild : Fashion Timeline : 1800 To 1810. February 13, 2011. Accessed September 16, 2016. http://vintagefashionguild.org/fashion-timeline/1800-to-1810/.
- “1795-1820 in Western Fashion.” Wikipedia. Accessed September 20, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1795%E2%80%931820_in_Western_fashion#Overview_2
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