Resplendent in 1835 – A Photoshoot

Nicole Rudolph in her c. 1835 ensemble.
OK, so it’s pretty obvious I’m obsessed with the 1830s now (though I will never stop loving the 18th century deeply). I’ve made two gowns and I’m just itching to make more, plus the wacky accessories that go with them. The fact that “Gentleman Jack” is costumed so fantastically is only fuel to this fire.
So when Nicole came to visit last December, joining us on our 1830s excursion (invasion? infestation?) to Dickens Fair in San Francisco, we did a little pre-game photoshoot with her in her tomato red silk gown.
The full look – Nicole’s sleeves made her a full yard wide
And I nearly died over the beauty of it. Nicole’s skill is just incredible. The fit and execution on this gown was just stunning.
Nicole’s gown is circa 1835-ish and she was sporting the HOOJEST sleeves of us all, with sleeve plumpers a good third or more larger than mine.
Amongst the massive sleeves you can see the checkered ribbon belt with original 1830s belt buckle. The delicate chain draped across the shoulders was another ’30s trend.
The cleverly cut and pieced net pelerine gave an ethereal quality and allowed the details of the bodice underneath to peek through.
Nicole Rudolph in her c. 1835 ensemble.
Nicole paired the lustrous red silk with turquoise and gold accents in the checkered ribbon belt and fantastic hat with egret feathers.
For the photoshoot, we paired the ensemble with Eliza Early Victorian Slippers in black and grey houndstooth wool and black leather. The adorable little square-toed, split-vamp oxfords are true reproductions of original 1830s shoes and looked wonderful with the costume.
Eliza Early Victorian Shoes in grey/black were just the ticket.
You can follow Nicole on Instagram – @silk_and_buckram
Also on Facebook – Diary of a Mantua Maker
Shot on location at Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno, Nevada
Gown & Millinery – Nicole Rudolph
Shoes – “Eliza” Early Victorian Shoes (1830s – 1860s)

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