Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Embargo Ends - Fashion Plates from the End of the War of 1812

Ackermann's Repository of Arts was published monthly from 1809-1829 in London. Each month's issue featured two fashion plates and other illustrations and articles covering a range of topics.

After the embargo's of the War of 1812 ended wealthy ladies would have cherished, once again, the arrival of monthly issues of Ackermann's Repository on packet boats docking from London and no doubt drooled over the fashion plates.

Issues often included embroidery patterns and the very earliest issues had actual fabric samples attached, which no doubt provided inspiration in the creation of Regency era fashions for the genteel lifestyle.

These delicate hand coloured watercolour illustrations, from 1815 at the conclusion of the War of 1812, depicting lovely fashions continue to inspire us two centuries later.

Let's begin the year as many gentlemen and ladies did: by spending the winter season in a bustle of activity and amusement in town, whether it be London or the "incomparable" Bath. With a busy schedule of concerts, theatre, balls, and other social engagements, an appropriate and fashionable wardrobe was essential.

1815 - Ackermann's Repository - January Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - January Issue




1815 - Ackermann's Repository - February Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - February Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - March Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - March Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - April Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - April Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - May Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - May Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - June Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - June Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - July Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository  - July Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - August Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - August Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - September Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - September Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - October Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - October Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - November Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - November Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - December Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository - December Issue

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