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Guide to ladies’ fashion and etiquette

1811

Guide to fashion and etiquette

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  • Intro

    This book, entitled The Mirror of the Graces; or, the English Lady's Costume, is a guide to ladies' fashion and etiquette, first published in 1811.

     

    As the title page outlines, the book combines 'taste and judgment, elegance and grace, modesty, simplicity and economy, with fashion in dress; and adapting the various articles of female embellishments to different ages, forms, and complexions; to the seasons of the year, rank, and situation in life: with useful advice on female accomplishments, politeness, and manners; the cultivation of the mind and the disposition and carriage of the body: offering also the most efficacious means of preserving beauty, health, and loveliness. The whole according with the general principles of nature and rules of propriety.' The author is described as a 'LADY OF DISTINCTION, who has witnessed and attentively studies what is esteemed truly graceful and elegant amongst the most refined Nations of Europe'.

     

    Shelfmark: 8415.aa.35.

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