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ca. 1760 Robe a la Francaise inspiration

Though it’s going to be very late, I am working on my Robes & Robings project: a 1760s robe à la française. My progress hasn’t been quite as fast as my very ambitious schedule, but it’s coming along.  I’ll show you the progress soon, but for now here are the extent garments and paintings that I am using as inspiration, because every good frock begins with research and inspiration. My original jumping off point was, of course, Ramsay’s painting of Queen Charlotte: The painting was begun in 1764, but Charlotte’s dress is not particularly fashion forward, which is good because I would like my dress to date a little earlier, without any design details that would be out of place in 1755.  The big problem with Charlotte’s frock is that you can’t see much of it. You get a better look at these two frocks.  I’m particularly fond of Laura’s scrumptious blue & white number: For some earlier inspiration, I adore this depiction of Louise-Elizabeth of France.  Her skirt trim is amazing, although my petticoat is already …