I’ve been obsessed with bright yellow 18th century (and Regency) gowns for awhile now, and yet I still don’t have one. The marigold hue is swoon-worthy, but also intimidating, but now it’s time to finally go there, with my own BrightAssYellow English gown.
I’ve already ordered this fabric from Puresilks:
And I’ll be using this pattern from Larkin & Smith:
Here are my inspiration images of English gowns / Robes a l’Anglaise. For the sake of not burning your retinas with *too* much sunny glory, I’m restricting my show-n-tell to just English gowns today, but there are *gobs* of other garments – sacques, caracos, redingotes, robes a la polonaise – in all shades of yellow, too.
Indicative of just how popular this color was, the one 18th century gown held at our local textile museum here in Nevada is, you guessed it, BrightAssYellow. That may not seem so special until you know that this collection is made up of only pieces with Nevada provenance…and Nevada became a state in 1864! (I’m prohibited from showing images of this gown, but I can assure you it’s wonderful.)
You can see all my English Gown research images, yellow or otherwise, on my Pinterest board here.
MrsC (Maryanne)May 28, 2014 at 9:12 PM
I can see why KickAss saffron yellow has taken over your imagination! 🙂
UnknownMay 30, 2014 at 12:25 AM
Nice! I've always been fascinated by fabric and fashion, even if I don't personally wear it too much… What's most impressive in this picture that lead me here: s the SPIRAL OF LIFE, bridging the past to the present 🙂
AnonymousMay 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM
That's a very interesting project, and I must admit I love this shade of yellow! However it wouldn't fit everyone – e.g. me – it looks lovely, so bright and fresh. I especially love the embroidered versions, pink flowers match the colour perfectly.