Gallerie des Modes, 1778.  ”Femme in robe robe a la polonoise…”

Oh!  A pink striped polonaise with green bows and a big, feathery hat!  I’m in love!

Side note: I appreciate that someone is being shown re-tying her garters.  I have to do that all the time when I’m in my period clothing!

Magasin des Modes, August 1787. 

I love the colors and her sheer, flounced petticoat!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1800.

Black and white.  Classic and always beautiful.  

La Belle Assemblee, French fashions, 1830. 

Ackermann’s Repository, Evening Dress, September 1818. 

OMG teeny crown!

Ladies’ Magazine, 1806.

Those colors look so beautiful together.  I really love the gorgeous detail work on the yellow gown, and she has such an unusual bonnet. 

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1798.

Guess this is a horsey kind of day!   I really adore her spencer- the buckle is a nice element. 

Gallerie des Modes, 1779.  ”Jeune Dame montant a cheval.”

Ha!  That horse is tiny!  And note!  Not riding side-saddle and she’s wearing boots!

La Belle Assemblee, June 1814. “Blucher bonnet and spencer”

No clue what that means, but I LOVE THIS. 

After seeing the latest post by American Duchess about having wrinkles in 18th century gown bodices, I realize that I’ve GOT to tell more people about this sewing trick.  First, take out your copy of Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion (WHAT?!  You do not own this book?  Heavens.  Go to right now and buy this book. Patterns of Fashion: Englishwomen’s Dresses & Their Construction It is the best costuming book ever.) now flip to pages 36, 39, and 41.  Look at the layout of those bodices.  Notice the grain lines.  They are cut on the bias. Cut your front panels on the bias and then pin your gowns closed.  Don’t cheat and put in hooks and eyes.  They look like crap, they aren’t adjustable, and they aren’t period.  Pinning (or sewing yourself in) is the way to go.

Bias-cut bodice and pins.  No more wrinkly bodices!  

Gallery of Fashion, figures 3 and 4.  April 1794. 


Ladies’ Magazine, 1802.

They almost look like they are in some kind of choreographed dance!  REGENCY FLASH MOB!

Military Costumes of Turkey, 1800. 

Toussaint Louverture.  I THINK 1790s. 

I didn’t have a date on this one, but I couldn’t not post it because I’ve always loved him!  Care to read up on Monsieur Louverture? 

Braunschw. Jager, 1778.  By von Germann.