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The mirror of the graces; or, the English lady's costume: combining and harmonizing 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

Contents,   pp. [ix]-xxiii [xiii] ff.

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               CHAPTER V.
General thoughts on dress and personal decoration.
  Fashion.-Essentials of good dressing.-Lady's
  dressing-room.-Sympathy between mind and
  apparel.-Slatterns.-Literary ladies.-Rich slo-
  vens.-Economy.--Costliness.- Peculiar dress-
  ing to each period of life.-Hebe-form.-Morn-
  ing--evening costume. - Juno-form. - Orna-
  ments. - Colours.- Stuffs.- Various fashioned
  dresses.- Indelicacy. -Modesty. - Chemise.-
  Corsets.-Petticoats, &c.-The stages of a wo-
  man's beauty.                      Page 59.
               CHAPTER VI
 On thepeculiarities of dress, with reference to the
 station of the wearer.-A tradesmen's wife.
 -A woman of quality.-Modern education.-
 Its consequences.-Our ancestors.-Bishop Lati-
 mer.-Good sense.-Taste.-The bosom.-The
 back.-Decency.-Long stays, &c. &c.-Cestus
 of Venus.-Girdle of Florizel.-Zone of Serena.
 -Natural form,.                     Page 85.
              CHAPTER VII.
On the detail of dress.-Apparel in general.-Dif-
  ference in shapes.-An awkward woman.-An
  elegant woman.-Graceful dressing. - Robes,

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