The Idea and Inspiration:
To recreate the evening dress worn by Jeanne Samary in Renoir’s Portrait of the Actress Jeanne Samary, now in the collection of the Hermitage.
I wanted the dress to be both historically accurate, and to capture the mood and impression of Renoir’s painting, so my recreation is an interpretation of both the original frock, and Renoir’s artwork.
Fabric and Materials:
Ashen mauve silk tissue ruches and poofs over cotton broadcloth. Vintage buttons and buckle to trim. Featherweight plastic boning, metal hooks to fasten.
The Dress Diary:
Research and Resources:
Janet Arnold, Patterns of Fashion 1860-1940 (pattern very loosely based on the 1882-1883 dinner dress pattern)