” … Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness? “
Silk satin evening gown, 1909. Image courtesy of the Olive Matthews Collection, Chertsey Museum.
Lucky for me Chertsey Museum is only one station away!
I think it’s fascinating to see how Swedish Court Gowns have changed over the centuries. The silhouettes are different but the sleeves are always the same.
1780’s Queen (consort of Sweden) Sophia Magdalena, wife of king Gustav III, by Niclas Lafrensen. She is wearing a formal court costume.
1812 La princesse Desideria de Suède Miniature par Nicolas Jacques aka Desiree, in Swedish court dress
Court Gown (with Train) with Evening and Day Bodices of Wilhelmina von Hallwyl, Léon Sacré, W W. Ullberg & Comp.: 1865, Swedish, silk velvet, Chantilly lace.
Jeanne Lanvin, Dress Made for the Swedish Court, 1926.
Late 1900’s autochromes
My mind cannot comprehend the thought of playing dress up in a real 18th century gown.