Monday, August 27, 2012

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V240: Robe a la Francaise, 1740

Bwah, it's one of *those* days, so here's a beautiful gown to gaze upon...





The Met
Robe a la Francaise
1740s
British
Hand-painted silk, fly fringe trimmings

I'll take a little opulence with my tea, please!

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10 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing- this gown is divine! The fly fringe is amazing... just think of all the hours put towards the trim alone. Wish we all could have a gown like this in our wardrobes... sigh...

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    1. Me too! I don't have the patience for the fly fringe, or the money for the hand-painted silk, haha

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  2. Whoa. Wow is right. Imagine the poor fingers that did all that.
    Val

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    1. The painting, stitching, fly fringe, or all? I imagine countless hours went into this, with many hands working.

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  3. Gown as ever, is gorgeous. Proof that nothing succeeds like excess. But speaking of excess, can we attribute your "Bwah" to aftermath of the absinthe party? -k.

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    1. Hahaha, no, I'm not much of a party girl! I had one glass of rather enjoyable wormwood-free (it's the US after all) absinthe, talked awhile to a Belgian kid, then went home. That's all! See how boring I am!!

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  4. Hmm, I wonder how long it would take to paint enough fabric...

    Beautiful gown!

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    1. What is the yardage on this gown, do you suppose? If the motifs are spread apart to leave a lot of negative space, then it might not take so long! The skill to do it, however...and the materials...different story, haha!

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    2. I had no problems with using up 8 yeards for my francais... But perhaps a jacket could be doable. :)

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