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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

General remarks on the manners and fashions of the past and present times,   pp. 20-25

Page 25

             GENERAL REMARKS.           Q5
there, ill-taste, loading it with grotesque orna-
ments, gathered (and mingled confusedly)
from Grecian and Roman models, from Egypt,
China,Turkey, and Hindostan.-All nations are
ransacked to equip a modern fine lady; and,
after all, she may perhaps strike a cotempo-
rary beau as a fine lady, but no son of nature
could, at a glance, possibly find out that she
meant to represent an elegant woman.
  To impress upon your ninds, my fair
friends, that symmetry of fiture ought ever to
be accompanied by harmony of dress, and
that there is a certain propriety in habiliment
adapted to form, age, and degree, shall be the
purport of my next observations.

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