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An 1811 dance dress-
showcases the
Empire silhouette
An 1813 dress
showcased in
La Belle
Assemblee
"The result of the finest toilet should be an
elegant woman, not an elegantly dressed
woman."
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Regency Etiquette: The Mirror of Graces (1811)
By a Lady of Distinction
An 1817 walking dress
from
La Belle
Assemblee
"A walking-dress cannot be constructed too
simply. All attractive and fancy articles
should be confined to the carriage-dress,
or dinner and evening apparel."
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Regency Etiquette: The Mirror of Graces
Portrait of Mrs.
Harrison Gray Otis, by
Gilbert Stuart, 1809
Portrait of Mary Lodge,
by Joseph-Francois
Ducq, 1818
"We may therefore conclude, that beauty
with a bad taste is far less desirable than a
good taste without beauty."
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Regency Etiquette: The Mirror of Graces
Sara Freeze
Romancing the Regency Era
Regency Fashion