For the study of historical dress; consisting of analyses of costume in paintings, translations of and research into fashion plates, and occasionally actual sewing.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Galerie des Modes, 41e Cahier bis, 5e Figure
Grand Robe Française which was that required for the journey to Fontainebleau in 1783. (1784)
Long trains. - "There is nothing lighter, more elegant, newer than what women wear now; and yet you found long trains at court in Louis XIV's time. These trains remind me of Indian sheep which are driven in enormous trains by a chariot which follows behind them. Our duchesses walk on the floor with these long gowns, while all the rest of the outfit is absolutely changed. Why do we retain this train, two ells long, sweeping the dust behind them, if there had been dust on the daily-crowded floor of the court?"