The Idea and Inspiration:
A fully gathered, simple cotton chemise a la reine, based on French styles in the 1780s.
I used a number of extent sources for the trimmings of the dress, most notably Vigee-Lebrun’s paintings of women of the French court in chemise a la reines.
Fabric and Materials:
Light cotton gauze with a very soft hand, tea-dyed to mute the original bright white colour.
Sash of recycled silk kimono crepe, trimmings of synthetic velvet and satin ribbon.
The Dress Diary:
Research and references:
Waugh, Norah. The Cut of Women’s Clothes: 1600-1930. Faber and Faber: London. 1968