I finished my chemise a la reine well over a year ago, and you know what?
I have never worn the completed garment myself. Not once.
It’s been on quite a few models, but it’s never been on me! How is that possible!?!
Just too busy I guess, and no good excuse to wear it.
Last Thursday I finally had the perfect excuse; I gave a talk to the Wellington Quilters Guild on Marie Antoinette and the chemise a la reine (provocatively titled ‘The Queen’s Underwear: How Marie Antoinette’s Un-dress Caused a Revolution’ – because a catchy title is always a good thing) and of course I needed to wear the chemise to make the talk come to life.
At the last minute fate tried to conspire against me to force me to get a model for the talk. I was a bridesmaid on Sat and had to schedule a haircut and style before the wedding, and when was the only appointment I could get? That’s right – right before my talk. Eeeek!
No point in getting your hair done if you immediately put it up in an 18th century ‘hedgehog’. And wearing a wig isn’t ‘keeping your hair looking salon perfect’ friendly either. The smartest thing to do was obviously yo have a model wear it and hedge her hair. But dang blast it, I wanted to finally wear the chemise myself!
So I crossed my fingers, prayed, went to my hair appointment, raced home, and carefully pinned my lovely fresh hair over a rat to form a plausible hedgie ‘poof’ with no hairspray or product. Then I put on a my stays and chemise and raced off to the talk.
And I looked amazing. I wasn’t expecting that, so I don’t feel too vain saying it. I only got two bad photos, but you can still get the idea:
Best of all, when I came home and took out my hair, it smoothed out into almost salon-fresh perfectness. Win all around!
Now I’m very motivated to finally have a proper photoshoot in the chemise a la reine.
Yes, you look very lovely indeed!
Puts me in mind of – ‘girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes – these are a few of my favourite things’. You look really lovely in these photos – its a beautiful dress and hat.
LOL! I’ve never put that together! It is a favourite-worthy thing though!
Every time I hear about your talks and see your charming outfits I decide that I need to move to New Zealand; especially this one as I in the midst of reading “Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the Revolution.” I can’t wait to see a full photoshoot!
I’ll take one as soon as possible, but it might be a month – my schedule till mid Nov is already scarily full!
I know that feeling all too well.
I just love love LOVE that time period. Also, I love getting haircuts. Have fun at the wedding!
Me too! And my hairdresser is the best! I wish I could get a weekly haircut (or at least blowdry and style)
You look gorgeous and should be modelling more and again I am in awe of your talent you being so young.Seriously !
Oh, thank you! I’m not that young though. I just started looking 24 at 16 and haven’t looked any older in the decade+ since, which isn’t as fabulous as it sounds 😛
Charmante! It looks so perfect on you!
Thank you! I was really worried it would be frumpy, hence my willingness to be vain about it!
You look perfect! I love it when gambles work out. Well done.
What a pretty dress.
I do prefer the 1780-1799 fashions over the true regency styles.