The Idea and Inspiration:
To recreate Suson’s ensemble from Manet’s 1882 painting A Bar at the Folies-BergÃ¨re, now in the collection of the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
Fabric and Materials:
Jacket of black silk and rayon velvet with cotton broadcloth lining. Skirt of shot blue and bronze silk dupion, lined in fine grey cotton.
The Dress Diary:
Research and Resources:
Inspiration taken from the 1878 fantail skirt pattern and the 1887 waterfall overskirt pattern at longago.com (scroll 3/4 way down), with extensive adaptations to fit the 1882 date of the painting