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Some of you might be familiar with the Francaise Dinner  my group of costumer friends has been putting on for the past few years, lately in ...

Some of you might be familiar with the Francaise Dinner my group of costumer friends has been putting on for the past few years, lately in .

The robe à la française or sack-back open robe was the most popular and lasting dress style for the fashionable women in the 18th century. So named for its association with the French court at Versailles and for the loose double box pleat of drapery that falls down the back from the shoulders. The g...

The robe à la française or sack-back open robe was the most popular and lasting dress style for the fashionable women in the 18th century. So named for its association with the French court at Versailles and for the loose double box pleat of drapery that falls down the back from the shoulders. The g...

18th century gown with replacement under skirt.

18th century gown with replacement under skirt.

Musings From the Millinery: Creating a Custom Gown for Mrs. Virginia

Musings from the Millinery: Revealing the Truth About 18th-century Women’s Necklines

Musings From the Millinery: Creating a Custom Gown for Mrs. Virginia

Robe à la Polonaise | probably Italian | The Met

Robe à la Polonaise

Suit, French ca. 1760 Silk plain weave (faille), moiré finish, with sequins and metallic-thread embroidery

Idea for steward Man’s Suit France, circa 1760 Costumes; principal attire (entire body) Silk plain weave (faille), moiré finish, with sequins and metallic-th.

1794 Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842)  Portrait d’Aglaé de Gramont née de Polignac, duchesse de Guiche

de Polignac, duchesse de Guiche" by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Lebrun

Sack-back-gown 1770-1775 detail , Berrington- Hall Herefordshire

Sack-back-gown 1770-1775 detail , Berrington- Hall Herefordshire

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