For the study of historical dress; consisting of analyses of costume in paintings, translations of and research into fashion plates, and occasionally actual sewing.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Galerie des Modes, 34e Cahier bis, 3e Figure
Robe à l'Anglaise, rétroussé to give ease in dancing. (1782)
"In 1768, in its December issue, the Courrier de la Mode recommended as particularly favorable for balls, "English dress", with fitted sleeves, sabot cuffs trimmed with gauze, with a gauze apron without a bib* and bows on the shoes: such is still the costume of our dancer who has simply replaced the 'little English hat trimmed with flowers with a postilion**' with a tuft of plumes, an aigrette, and a bouquet."
* Bibbed aprons being mainly a Continental style. ** I believe this means a turned-up brim in the back.