Portfolio: 1871 Pink Extravaganza Afternoon Ensemble


The Idea and Inspiration:

A dress based on Janet Arnold’s 1871 afternoon dress with detachable gilet pattern.  The dress was inspired by a lucky find of lots of reasonably period accurate pink fabrics at a very reasonable price.

The outfit was also intended to capture something of the mood and silhouette of the dress in Renoir’s Woman with an umbrella and a child, 1873, without being a direct replica.

Fabric and Materials:

Rose pink sateen, coral pink striped sateen, and cranberry red silk.  Plastic boning, metal hooks to fasten, decorative vintage buttons on bodice and overskirt.

Undergarments:

Mauve corset

1870s bustle based on an image in Corsets and Crinolines

Research and Resources:

Janet Arnold, Patterns of Fashion 1860-1940

Norah Waugh, Corsets and Crinolines

The Dress Diary:

Outfit overview

At the Capturing the Mode talk

A review of the pattern

A hat to go with it

A rainy day photoshoot

Posts featuring the dress on Sarah’s Livejournal: http://dianavilliers.livejournal.com/

Leimomi and Leo

Looks like rain

 

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