|1817 Yellow Silk Gown,|
Leeds Costume Collection
What color shall we ask for when we see our seamstress?
The colors available to us (in, say 1820) are numerous. And we see in the fashion plates a few we'd like.
I'm blonde with warm brown eyes. And my sister, Beatrice, is a honey blonde with green eyes. Let's see. Choice of fabric and drape has much to do with how complementary the gown will be. Silk, silk damask, silk gauze would be good choices. But what of the color? What do you think is best, hmmm???
(Colors listed are those used commercially with the approximate date in use and the modern color name by the British Color Council.)
Apollo, 1823. Bright Gold
Isabella, 1821. Cream
Bird of Paradise, 1830. Straw
Orleans, 1832. Rose Beige.
Cameloparde, 1828. French Beige
Congo, 1883. Coppery Gold
Dust of Paris, 1851. Ecru
Florentine, 1867. Yellow with Bronze tint
Oiseau, 1837. Chartreuse Yellow
Terre de Pologne, 1831. Yellow, bordering on Brown
|Cerise's picture from her trip to Chateau Vaux le Vicomte:|
Berliner de Ville, circa 1840,
by W. King and Company, London
|1810-1812 Pale Yellow Evening Gown;|
|1811 Ballgown, Regency era|
(no attribution, Pinterest)