Though it’s going to be very late, I am working on my Robes & Robings project: a 1760s robe à la française.
My progress hasn’t been quite as fast as my very ambitious schedule, but it’s coming along. I’ll show you the progress soon, but for now here are the extent garments and paintings that I am using as inspiration, because every good frock begins with research and inspiration.
My original jumping off point was, of course, Ramsay’s painting of Queen Charlotte:
The painting was begun in 1764, but Charlotte’s dress is not particularly fashion forward, which is good because I would like my dress to date a little earlier, without any design details that would be out of place in 1755. The big problem with Charlotte’s frock is that you can’t see much of it.
You get a better look at these two frocks. I’m particularly fond of Laura’s scrumptious blue & white number:
For some earlier inspiration, I adore this depiction of Louise-Elizabeth of France. Her skirt trim is amazing, although my petticoat is already done. And the pops of coral with her white frock are fabulous! So no idea how much I’ll borrow for my gown, but I still find the portrait quite compelling.
Also in the 1750s is the first of three portraits of beautiful ladies in blue, all with very similar robing trim. Madame Favarts dress inspires me because of the fabulous sleeve ruffles.
My earliest inspiration is this Portrait of an Unknown Lady: I love, love, love her robing trim, and the yellow & white stomacher? Be still my heart!
Our Unknown Lady has very similar robings trim as Lady Innes, and I think they will be the primary inspirations for my robings trim.
And finally, an extent garment. This fabulous frock has trim that matches Madame Favart, the Tischbein portrait and Gainsborough’s Lady Innes portrait, and matches my timeperiod perfectly:
I’ve also got a pinterest board with a bit more inspiration.
So that’s what I’m working towards, but first I have to actually construct the dress! Then I can get to pretty trims 😉