Fig. 1.—Promenade and Evening Costumes.
Like coquettish April, Fashion is now beginning to exchange its more sombre aspect for its sweetest smiles, and to develop its pretty flowers and delicate foliage. The darker colors and firmer textures of winter are now disappearing, and all the gay hues and lighter fabrics are taking their places.
~ Excerpts from Harper's New Monthly Magazine, April 1851