I finally got around to posting about The Dress like a Georgian Day Picnic last month at St. James’ Park, please click through to The Mended Soul for a step-by-step on making this gown.
That is some of the best pattern matching I have ever seen.
Robe à la française
Inventory Number(s): AC11075 2004-2AB
Interesting story behind this gown courtesy of KCI: A gown made from a stunning textile featuring multi-colored bouquets and fur patterns elaborately interwoven into the ground textile canelé. This textile with its complex weave pattern also features a variety of different threads including chenille, silk floss and twisted yarn for motifs. It shows of the outstanding skills made in Lyons, famed in the height of quality and design.
This garment was worn by Madame Oberkampf, whose husband established the modern printing industry in Jouy-en-Josas in the suburbs of Paris, when she had an audience with Queen Marie Antoinette in 1775.
Late 1900’s autochromes
My mind cannot comprehend the thought of playing dress up in a real 18th century gown.
I can’t explain just yet what I will doing on Bastille Day but I will be wearing a Chemise a la Reine based on this.
Robe chemise : Réalisation Atelier Caraco
Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum
The insertion lace leaves my fingertips sore just thinking about the hours that went into this gown. This gown is reminiscent of the 18th century Chemise a la Reine. I think it’s the combination of the French blue sash and the collar resembling a lace fichu.
Accession Number: 1885N1536.12
'… It was intended to exploit the popular feeling of revulsion in Britain caused by the French Revolution…'
© Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
Calling all followers, I have need of your assistance! I am working on my final project for Uni and I am looking for extant examples of back lacing 18th century bodices or any information on 18th century dance costumes.
There are officially a couple thousand of you so I am very hopeful that someone will have spotted something. Any help is appreciated, thanks so much loves!
Sorry, the first bodice is from FIDM, the second is from the Met, the third is the inside of Sofia Magdalena’s wedding gown, and Marie Antoinette’s apple green bodice.