DESCRIPTIF COSTUME: Costume de style empire. Robe à taille haute en moire rose pâle, manches ballons avec rangs de perles et broderies dans le bas de la robe. Manteau de cour avec traîne en velours rouge brodé or.
DATE DE PRODUCTION: 1996-05-25
LIEU DE PRODUCTION: Comédie-Française, Paris (Salle Richelieu)
Corsage de l’impératrice
Vers 1805-1814 Pékiné broché de petits bouquets
Crédit photographique :
(C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée des châteaux de Malmaison et de Bois-Préau) / Gérard Blot
19e siècle, période contemporaine de 1789 à 1914
Scott Pierre Nicolas Legrand’s Apotheosis of Nelson, c. 1805–18. Nelson ascends into immortality as the Battle of Trafalgar rages in the background. He is supported by Neptune, whilst Fame holds a crown of stars as a symbol of immortality over Nelson’s head. A grieving Britannia holds out her arms, whilst Hercules, Mars, Minerva and Jupiter look on.
This is one of my favorites works of art.
I’ve been meaning to post this for some time now but I kept forgetting to share it.
I came across this fashion plate and immediately recognized the gown.
Costume Parisien 1810
Evening dress worn by the Countess of Palfi, date missing (1810’s?), Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau Malmaison.
Thank you to Stéphane Casali for his beautiful portraits from the Hodson event. The rest of the gallery can be seen here.
I have one class left in this semester and the Tudor Tailor book launch (I can’t wait to see our hard work in print!) on Friday. I promise I will start keeping up with my blog! I still have to tell you all about the Titanic II London Launch, I’ve been terrible I’m so sorry everyone!
I’m home from the Ball!
You may have noticed that I ended up reworking my gown from Bath but to change it up just a little more I made an evening spencer to go over the gown. I will try to post more about this costume later this week on The Mended Soul!
2013 is shaping up to be ridiculously expensive, particularly April.
I’ll be at a Napoleonic Ball in Northern England this weekend.Then I will be in Amsterdam in late February for an 1813 Ball. I need to finish up my pelisse and sort of the fur muff situation.
Then in very early March I have something involving 1912 but I’m keeping that under wraps for now.
April is the month that is going to be pretty bad. I believe the second weekend I will be in Bath for the Georgian Ball. I’ll need two ball gowns, possibly a day gown for Saturday, and definitely a picnic gown for Sunday. I’m lucky because I already took care of my wigs and hoops over the break and I have shoes, and stays from my internship at Williamsburg. I can drape everything on the stand and pretty much get those done very quickly but it’s the cost of the fabric that s going to be the real kicker.
The next weekend I will be in Malta for five days for a Napoleonic Ball and will need days gowns and evening gowns. I have a theme in mind and I’m really going to try to stick with that. I have three day gowns with bodices, sleeves, and skirts already made up that are folded up very neatly waiting to be finished.
I fly back on Tuesday and that Saturday I will be at a Victorian Ball in London. I’m really worried about this one because I’ve never made a costume from this era. The amount of fabric needed for skirts is staggering. I’m hoping that someone will let me either borrow or rent their crinoline and if their corset fits I could even use that. If not I have a set of corded stays and I’ll be sticking with the 1840s.
I need a job.
All of this on top of working on my University projects!! I’ve been invited to attend quite a few Regency events later this summer so I will be re-using and upcycling my gowns. I always make gowns in a first stage so when I want to re-wear them I can add something else to make them new. Vaux le Vicomte is this summer so I won’t even worry about that just yet!
Edit: Sorry this ended up being so long. It was so refreshing to put my plan into words!
I owe a debt of gratitude to Owen Benson from Owen Benson Visuals for this photo taken of me during the Jane Austen Festival Masquerade Ball in Bath.
Because obviously I don’t know my fashion history well enough to say that in my opinion Kate’s gown has a Napoleonic influence.
Bone, horse hair, metal pins
Provenance: Ex Collection of the Younge Family, Puslinch House, Yealmpton,
Devon, England. The House in the ownership of the Family Since 1709
See Finch & Co catalogue no. 13, item no. 59, for a Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model of a 16 Gun Three Masted Merchant Vessel
One can only be filled with wonder and amazement at the skill, patience, ingenuity and fortitude displayed by the unknown French seamen of the Napoleonic era who produced these accomplished works of art in the most sordid and terrible conditions of the prison ‘hulks’ with primitive tools and equipment.
Stripped of all masts, rigging, sails, decorations and embellishments these ‘hulks’ were moored in estuaries and harbours around the coast of Britain. Some were moored off Plymouth housing the captured Napoleonic prisoners of war and it is possible that this model was purchased by a member of the Younge family at that time as a memento or souvenir of the Napoleonic period.
Description / Expertise
A Fine Detailed Napoleonic Prisoner of War Bone Model of a 78 Gun Ship
With Standing and Running Rigging above a Detailed Deck the Planked and Pinned Hull with Open Gun Ports and Cannon. A fine arched, curved and galleried transom and a carved horse figurehead
Excellent condition, contained in a later mahogany and glass case