Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 1, 2015

Godey’s Fashions for March 26th,1840

Please note: Godey’s full-color fashion plates are below the accompanying descriptions for each plate number and its accompanying date. Although the plates are small, if you click on each fashion plate, WordPress’ invisible magician will automatically re-direct you to a full-size image so you can see more clearly, the gorgeous details of each of the dresses.

[Godey’s] PLATE 4. APRIL 1840.

Fig. a. Dress of white cambric; changeable silk apron trimmed with black lace. Tight corsage with matching tucker trimmed with pink bows. The back hair is worn so low behind that it touches the back of the neck, being pulled at the roots of the hair, forming the figure eight. Fig. b. Changeable silk dress. Tight corsage crossed in front. Bishop sleeves with four bands at the top, each trimmed with a button; the skirt is trimmed with five narrow flounces. Straw hat. Fig. c. White figured muslin dress, V-shaped corsage. The skirt is trimmed down the front and hem with three tucks. Silk hat.

Plate 4. April 1840



[Godey’s] PLATE 5. SEPTEMBER 1840.

Fig. a. Evening dress with corsage a’ pointe, two net and blonde flounces at hem, single flounces at elbows and wide neckline. Fig. b-d. Day dresses with trimmed bonnet.

Plate 5. September 1840


[Godey’s] PLATE 6. DECEMBER 1840.
Fig. a. Dress suitable for evening visits.
Fig. b. Bride’s dress.
Fig. c and d. Ball dresses. “There is little change in the fashions during the winter months.”

Plate 6. December 1840



Changeable silk (also known as “shot”):  Usually a silk, often taffeta, that changes color depending on the angle from which the fabric is viewed.  The look is achieved by weaving the fabric with one color of thread on the warp and another on the weft.  A very popular fabric in the 19c, especially the second half.
Figured silk:  is from England, and the combination of a saffron-yellow background with bright pink and pastel florals is very typical of the period.  Sometimes the term seems to be applied to painted fabrics, other times to cloth with woven or embroidered floral designs.

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