All posts tagged: chemise a la reine

The chemise a la reine at Pompeii

Obviously you will all have cottoned on to the fact that I finished the chemise a la reine in time for my Pompeii to Paris talk. I even had time to take out the machine sewing I was going to cheat with and re-do it by hand. And Lareine agreed to be a model at the last minute and looked simply divine – all blue and white and cream and rose and blond hair piled on her head. She is wearing stays – you can see the line beneath the back of the chemise. Isn’t she simply gorgeous? The waist sash is silk crepe taken from the lining of a vintage kimono, and the sleeve bows are bits of satin and velvet ribbon. It’s worn over two petticoats, a chemise, and stays.

It’s a long, long walk from Pompeii to Paris

Which is why I haven’t blogged in a few days. I am exhausted. I’ve slept about 30 hours since the I finished the Pompeii to Paris talk, which is pretty amazing consider that it has only been 45 hours since it finished. I haven’t even looked at my own photos (which are mostly from the dressing room) yet. Luckily, I was far from the only person with a camera, so here are some shots taken by a very talented and agreeable friend. I’m only posting group pictures of the talk right now. I’ll do themed (dressing room) and individual photos this week so the posts aren’t too long. And I’ll tell you all about how it went, what was fabulous, what could have been better, and where to next. Myself as a Roman matron, in pallas and stola And just the stola Talking about the robe a la francaise And the chemise a la reine And the Regency frock The Blond Venus shows off her engageates I love these two photos. First it is just …

What do you wear under a chemise a la reine?

Stays? Transitional stays? Jumps? Just another chemise? I know most costumers wear stays, because making a pair of jumps or transitional stays just for chemise a la reines is a hassle. I’ve been studying lots of chemise paintings, and trying to determine what the wearers are wearing underneath. I’ve sorted images of chemise a la reines into three categories: stays (quite firm); jumps (some support); and au natural which is well…unsupported. What do you think? Have I got it right? I’ve arranged each category from earliest to latest Stays: There seems to be quite a rigid line below the bust, so stays. Perhaps strapless ones? A very interesting variant on a chemise a la reine. I’m not sure I have figured out what is happening with the bodice, but the models extreme slimness, with the slight bulge of bust at the top indicates that stays were worn underneath. Seems like fairly heavy stays. The line of her torso and bodice is quite rigid, and the way she is leaning on her husband is a comfortable, …