Last post's fashion plate was for a linen dress. By chance, Lauren at American Duchess.(http://americanduchess.blogspot.com) has just featured a Danish 1797 white linen cambric dress in her latest installment of Costume Analytics.
I had forgotten about that dress. Every so often it pops up in costume blogs, in forums, and online magazines.
It's seriously handsome, and except for the embroidered hem, seriously plain. The sheer fabric, with the faint sheen that linen tends to have, the fabulous drape due to the way linen takes gathers, the embroidery of course, and the accessories that would have gone with it would have provided the punch.
If the wearer chose to include a colored underdress or petticoat, as is reported in some issues of Luxus, in Gallery of Fasshion, and elsewhere, the effect would have been even more complex.
If you haven't seen the American Duchess post, have a look! Sorry about the wacky link, by the way: my Blackberry won't code HTML too well :)