For the study of historical dress; consisting of analyses of costume in paintings, translations of and research into fashion plates, and occasionally actual sewing.
The 18th century has really outdone itself this time!
When I think of the time that must have gone into all that lace ...
I always wonder with these dresses. There are so few extent examples, and they hardly seem like the sort of thing that would be worn to rags. How many of them were actually made? How closely did the fashion drawings match the reality? The blue is delicious, but those sable tails are a bit creepy.
Well, since it's official court dress, I'd think that every woman at court would have to have at least one. How many would have lace swags all over them? Probably few, it might have been more popular to use self-fabric trim that way (at least, I've seen extant examples of non-court gowns trimmed in a similar way with the dress fabric). But it could also be that the lace trim would just get taken off and replaced, and we only see the plainer base gowns in collections.There's so much fabric in those petticoats and skirts that I expect these might have been remade very frequently. You'd have to almost completely redo the bodice, since those were cut in an older style, but I think there's more than enough petticoat for that.