Dresses for Kensington Gardens



In 1807, La Belle Assemblée Or, Bell’s Court Fashionable Magazine, featured a hand-colored fashion print of fashionable attire for a stroll in Kensington Gardens.

La Belle Assemblée

The elegant lady on the left is dressed in a plain cambric round dress that is fashioned in a walking length. The Roman Spencer is of celestial blue sarsnet with Vandyke lapels and a falling collar; the spencer is finished with the same round the bottom of the waist and flows open in front of the bosom. The charming village hat of Imperial chip has a beehive crown and is confined under the chin with ribbon the color of the spencer. Her hair is cropped and divided in the center of the forehead with full curls. Her fashion accessories include gloves and shoes of lemon colored kid and her parasol is made of salmon colored sarsnet.


The costume on the right features a short sleeve round train dress of India muslin, ornamented round the bottom and sleeves with a rich border of needlework. The “Promenade” tippet of Brussels lace is lined with white satin. The lady wears a white chip hat and a fancy cap of lilac satin with a Brussels lace veil. Her hair is confined in a braid over the right temple and formed in loose curls on the opposite side. Her fashion accessories include gold hoop earrings plus gloves and slippers of lilac kid.