With the boom of all-things-Chinese and far-East in 18th century Europe, painted silks and Chinese textiles became incredibly popular for clothing. Yellow was a color associated with Imperial China, and represented royal palaces, temples, and emperors. (source)
There were all kinds of yellow, described in various terms such as "sulphur," "canary," chamois," "citrine," and "saffron." The yellow that comes to my mind, when I think of 18th century yellow, is a deep, bold, strong yellow, so that is the goal while searching for fabrics.
Click "read more" for my favorite yellow gowns, jackets, and accessories:
|The Met, 1780-85; a Chinese painted silk Robe a l'Anglaise that has been pulled up in the polonaise style|
|Kyoto Costume Institute, gown of silk; English, 1760|
|The Met, 1770s, an English jacket of silk|
|KCI, 1770, English gown of silk|
|KCI, 1780, French polonaise in striped silk. yummy!|
|The Met, 1760, robe a la Francaise in gorgeous silk|
|LACMA Robe a la Franciase 1760|
|LACMA, Italian petticoat, 1725-60.|
More yellow fever to come, as I source my materials and get to work on the jacket and flounced petticoat for this coming October.