Pelisse

Posted Mar 2, 2012 at 12:38 CET in Drawings and prints, Fashion, Fashion plates, My costumes, and Photos.

Pelisse

I started making this pelisse last winter for the 12th night ball. I raced to get it finished and didn’t quite make it, but it was still wearable enough for the ball.

After the ball I wasn’t as motivated to finish it so it’s been in the same state ever since, but now I have finally done the final trimming and the arm holes.

I used the instructions at Marquise but made it a bit shorter and less wide. The pattern is from the 1760s but it’s a very basic shape that stayed very similar for several decades.

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George Romney

Posted Mar 1, 2012 at 10:29 CET in Artists and People.

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Portrait of a Young Woman in Powder Blue, ca. 1777.
Source: Fergus Hall Master Paintings.

George Romney was one of the major English portrait painters of the late 18th century, and I can’t believe I haven’t featured him earlier!

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1778 fashion plate

Posted Feb 29, 2012 at 15:30 CET in Drawings and prints, Fashion, and Fashion plates.

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A fashion plate from Gallerie des Modes et Costumes Français.

Jeune Dame coeffée d’un Bonnet rond avec un fichu en marmotte, un Ruban en rosette, une Polonoise et un mantelet blanc.

Source: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Jean-Marc Nattier

Posted Feb 2, 2012 at 20:12 CET in Artists, Fashion, Paintings, and People.

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Marie Adelaide of France as Diana, 1745.
Current location: Uffizi Gallery.

Jean-Marc Nattier was a French painter who did many portraits of the French royal family during the mid 18th century.

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An unusual dress

Posted Jan 27, 2012 at 13:04 CET in Fashion.

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While looking through the National Trust Collections I came across something interesting. This robe above, dated 1785 - 1795 from the Snowshill Wade Costume Collection stood out very much to me because I’ve never seen anything like it before.

The reason I was so surprised by it is because of the fabric. I’ve never before seen an extant garment made up in a toile de Jouy type fabric before, and thus I’ve always thought it was a fabric used strictly for decorating purposes. I wouldn’t have been so surprised if it was a pair of stays or a pocket that could have been made from scraps, but an entire robe definitely seems unusual to me. The print also seems very large and more suited for massive drapes or something rather than clothing.

Any thoughts on this dress and its unusual fabric? Have you seen any other garments made of toile de Jouy?

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