Notes on evening dress fabrics (1-12-2016, Hope Greenberg)
The question: what fabrics were evening/opera/dinner/ball gowns of the Federal/Empire/Regency era made of? How are they described?
Unless otherwise noted, these are from Ackermann's Repository of the Arts. The numbers are for the month (ex: 11 = November). Some links to images included. Full volumes of the Repository can be found at the Internet Archive (search on Ackermann Repository and the year).
Note: the descriptive words and the fabrics they describe MAY (well, actually they do!) change even over the short time represented here. In addition, they certainly need not represent their modern equivalents.