I don’t have enough 18th century gowns. I have jackets and things, and I do love jackets, but when it comes to full gowns, I have, like, one (soon to be two).
So time for a new one! I found some lavender taffeta online and thought it would make a great 1790s roundgown, paired with a huge black silk sash, and giant black Gainsborough hat. I’m not settled on the style, but here are my initial sketches:
This gown will be “Robe Royaliste,” if we were in France in 1790. Both the purple and the black were royalist colors, and add in a little green or yellow and the statement would be obvious!
I’ve been perusing fashion plates from Dames a la Mode, to find some inspo. All of these would also be Royalist gowns, in France, and will help decide a final design for my Robe Royaliste:
Journal des Luxus, April 1792. I adore this, the gown, the hat, the belt. I like the interesting combo of redingote and gathered front, like a gaulle.
From Kyoto Costume Institute – not a fashion plate, but one of my favorite 1790s gowns, and would be a savvy design for what I’m thinking.
George Romney Unknown lady, ca. 1786. – with the redingote collar and button cuffs. The front looks gathered…? A little earlier than my target dates.
From LACMA, the back of their stunning 1790s redingote. I adore the huge mannish collar(s) on this one.
Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun. Marie-Louise of Bourbon-Sicily. 1790 . I like the idea of redingote details, but I want the skirt to be closed. The gathered-bust and long sleeve gaulle styles are also enticing, if the taffeta I bought will work that way.