Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Louise Allen: 1801 French Ball Gown and a Drawing

Congratulations to Cheryl on her wedding anniversary and her seven years of blogging – as well as all those wonderful books which give us so much pleasure!

In way of celebration here is a delightful print of a lady positively skipping for joy in her ball gown. It is dated 1801 and is from the French Journal des Dames et des Modes.

I will be giving a signed copy of the novel of your choice from my Danger and Desire or Transformation of the Shelley Sisters trilogies to one person chosen at random from those who leave comments today. Good luck!

Louise Allen

Coming next: An Earl Beneath the Mistletoe in the Christmas collection Snowbound Wedding Wishes. Harlequin Mills & Boon November 2012

(Please leave your email address in your post so we can contact you if you win.)


  1. Both those series sound good. Thank you for the chance to win.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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  3. Love the print, Louise! I'd like to have several prints from "Journal des Dames et des Modes" to hang in my home. Hope I win. Thanks. Have a great day!

    Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

  4. Both are nice pictures. Thanks for the chance to win a book.


  5. Love the pictures of old gowns but am not sure that I would care to wear one.

    Would love to read one of your books and shall be checking them out.


  6. I do not think I could have pulled off wearing a gown in that style...even in my late teens. I was too 'average', and I think someone petite or a willow person would pull it off best. deblebakken at yahoo dot com

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  8. Love the print! Also love the cover of your book. I checked out the series and it sounds really good. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Nice picture.


  10. I love the print!! I love to look at the gowns the ladies wore back in them days, they look so elegant! Also like the cover on your book. donna harris

  11. What a fun photo. I'm skipping, too.

    coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

  12. That's a very saucy look she's throwing over her shoulder. Wonder who the man is she's skipping away(?)from.

  13. Thanks for all your comments - and glad you like the gown. I'm a fanatical collector of fashion prints from that era, I must confess, and these French ones are such fun.

  14. I fell in love with historical novels many years ago and I'm thrilled when I find one that is filled with descriptions of the gowns women wore, the beautiful balls they attended, the decorations of the homes, the meals they enjoyed and the differences between the rich people and the servants. If I could go back in time for one day, it would be to enjoy all of this. I would, of course, have to attend a ball in a beautiful gown such as the one you showed in the picture. Sigh, what fun that would be!

    Connie Fischer