Excerpts from December 1859, Godey's Lady's Book
The Zouave Jacket.
(see illustration p. 487
Morning-dress for young ladies, of plain merino or cashmere; the skirt trimmed
by an inserting of velvet, several shades darker than the dress, with a row
of buttons passing through it, and bordered by a rich braid pattern, known
as the Greek. The Zouave jacket, which we have before spoken of, forms the
waist. It is modelled from the Greek jacket, and has a close vest, with two
points; the jacket, itself, rounding over the hips, and fitting easily to
the figure. A Gabrielle ruff, and neck-tie finish it. (see Chitchat)
Chitchat upon New York and Philadelphia Fashions for December
The Zuoave jackets may be made in black cloth or velvet, for home wear,
with skirts whose waists have "outlived their usefulness." They are especially
suitable with dark silks, and a waist of this kind with a black silk skirt
will do any amount of street service. Black silks are trimmed with a combination
of black and crimson, black and purple, etc. when intended for dress occassions.
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