1. An exotic “Sultana” costume, complete with harem pants, from the April 1829 edition of Ackermann’s magazine.

    An exotic “Sultana” costume, complete with harem pants, from the April 1829 edition of Ackermann’s magazine.

  2. A spectacular and rather risqué “Irish” fancy dress costume from 1828. I love how pirate-y it is!
(source: Trinity College Library Dublin)

    A spectacular and rather risqué “Irish” fancy dress costume from 1828. I love how pirate-y it is!

    (source: Trinity College Library Dublin)

  3. An 1827 fashion plate depicting a fanciful masquerade costume based on the traditional folk costumes of Béarn.

    An 1827 fashion plate depicting a fanciful masquerade costume based on the traditional folk costumes of Béarn.

  4. An extremely rare extant fancy dress costume dating to circa 1826.

    An extremely rare extant fancy dress costume dating to circa 1826.

  5. This 1825 fashion plate shows a fancy dress costume inspired by the traditional fashions of Andalusia.

    This 1825 fashion plate shows a fancy dress costume inspired by the traditional fashions of Andalusia.

  6. Historical dress and traditional European ethnic or folk costumes were the two most popular trends for women’s fancy dress in the 1820s. This ethnic inspired fancy dress ball gown is from the August 1820 edition of La Belle Assemblée.

    Historical dress and traditional European ethnic or folk costumes were the two most popular trends for women’s fancy dress in the 1820s. This ethnic inspired fancy dress ball gown is from the August 1820 edition of La Belle Assemblée.

  7. An 1829 caricature by William Heath entitled ‘Mermaids at Brighton’ shows women swimming in loose-fitting shifts and caps at the seashore. The large wheeled carriages are called bathing machines and allowed women to change into their bathing costumes and enter the water without the risk of being seen by the opposite sex.

    An 1829 caricature by William Heath entitled ‘Mermaids at Brighton’ shows women swimming in loose-fitting shifts and caps at the seashore. The large wheeled carriages are called bathing machines and allowed women to change into their bathing costumes and enter the water without the risk of being seen by the opposite sex.

  8. A ridiculously adorable late-1820s gown made of reused late-18th century striped silk.

    A ridiculously adorable late-1820s gown made of reused late-18th century striped silk.

  9. This man’s ensemble is made extra-snazzy with the addition of striped trousers and a striped cravat. From the Observateur des Modes fashion magazine, 1823.

    This man’s ensemble is made extra-snazzy with the addition of striped trousers and a striped cravat. From the Observateur des Modes fashion magazine, 1823.

  10. Detail of the printed cotton fabric of the previous dress as it is so pretty I feel it needs a close up.

    Detail of the printed cotton fabric of the previous dress as it is so pretty I feel it needs a close up.