What the best-dressed gal was wearing and reading in 1799

The Lady’s Monthly Museum was launched in 1798 by a society of ladies and included illustrations like these from the ‘Cabinet of Fashion’ as well as literature and theatre reviews, letters to the editor, poetry, articles on female historical figures and ‘charades’ (or poetic riddles). It was rather wonderfully subtitled, a ‘Polite Repository of Amusement and Instruction: Being an assemblage of whatever can tend to please the Fancy, interest the Mind, or exalt the Character of The British Fair’.
Morning and afternoon dress, 1799

Women’s magazines have changed over the years with the changing ideas of women’s role in society. In the 18th century, women’s magazines were stimulating as women participated in social and political life. Then in the 19th century when domesticity was idealised, women’s magazines became rather more lacklustre. In the late 1800s, women’s magazines started to broaden their outlook again.

Fashionable full dress, 1799

Along with The Lady’s Magazine and La Belle Assemblee, The Lady’s Monthly Museum was typical of late Georgian and Regency era magazines in Britain. The three titles merged in 1832, but publication ended in 1847. They were superseded by titles such as The Ladies’ Pocket Magazine, The Female’s Friend, Home Chat (and in the United States from 1867, Harper’s Bazaar).*

Browse more Georgian fashion illustrations from this delightful volume at Capital Collecitons, or for up to date sartorial tips for the party season, we advise downloading the latest ladies’ and gents’ monthly magazines from Zinio – free from Your Library.

*source: History of Publishing, Britannica



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