If you're not familiar with this exquisite 1940s-meets-1740s piece of haute couture, here it is:
|Terry Dresbach's incredible red dress for Outlander, Season 2, with hints of Dior. If you haven't seen Terry's blog, click through for more gorgeous photos.|
There are details and elements of Terry's gown that will not be in my pattern. Instead, I'm starting with the original source material - extant 18th century court gowns - and interpreting the red dress from Dragonfly in Amber in my own way.
It will be red. It will have a low neckline. It will be appropriate for the court of Louis XV. Here's what I'm thinking:
|Jean-Marc Nattier (artist)|
|Duchess Maria Anna Josepha of Bavaria - this Robe de Cour has the 3/4 sleeves with flounces too, different from the tiered ruffle sleeves on many.|
|Marie Antoinette in court dress - fashion plate - this is from the 1770s, but you can see how this style of gown is quite "fossilized."|
The Robe de Cour was a back-lacing, fully-boned bodice worn with a separate skirt over a broad foundation. Sometimes the ensemble had a separate train attached.
These bodices had wide, slightly off-the-shoulder necklines, very low, and sometimes had tabs at the waist like stays. They were constructed like stays, with the decorative fabric mounted on the outside of a fully boned lining. For those with tabs, the skirt went on under the front and back points of the bodice, but over the tabs at the sides, like 17th century gowns. If you recall, Claire's wedding gown in Season 1 was also a Robe de Cour.
|Extant robe de cour of Sofia Magdalena of Sweden, 1766. The fluffy sleeves are still in tact on this one, and you can see the tabs at the waist.|
|Infanta Maria Josefa de Borbon by Giusseppe Bonito, 1758-59. This is a Robe de Cour with a single skirt, back0lacing bodice, and 3/4 sleeves with flounces.|