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Dress || Met Museum || 1805
The sleeves look convertible! I also think the Regency bustle is a little too large here.. beware the dreaded hump!
Dress || Met Museum || 1880
Dress by Worth || KCI || c. 1874
The Kyoto Costume Institute added new photos! I’m not sure if this is one of them, but I don’t recognize it.. so I assume so!
Redingote ca. 1785
From the Rijks Museum
French Fashions from 1780.
calicovirus said: I vaguely recall reading somewhere that hair-powdering wasn't done on the young? ie that it tended to be for 20+ rather than kids & teens. Also, that sometimes coloured (pink or blue or whatever) powders were used? As I cannot remember where I read any of this (alas), I was wondering if you could verify this info?
Hello there! I unfortunately have no knowledge about the age of those who powdered their hair, but I do know that colored (and scented!) powders were used. Wigs, however powdered, were most definitely not white, though. The closest shade to that would have been powdered light blonde. Even if wearing wigs (which women did not), you would have been wearing human hair (of white bright white is a scarce color!).
Did you know that, apparently, Charles IV of France started the hair powdering trend when he tried to conceal his greying hair with darker powder? Gotta love it.
Marie-Antoinette with Uncolored (!!!) Hair by François Dumond
There’s no date, but I’d say this is late 1770s, especially because she looks so young; it could also be early 1780s (zone fronts were popular in this period). Wasn’t she beautiful? I love her delicately arched eyebrows.
Gallerie des Modes 1780, a young nurse-maid in a long dress with apron and bonnet.
Gotta love the child on a lease circa 1780s.
Self-Portrait by Vigée-Lebrun, 1793
A gorgeous selfie by V-L, as usual - though it doesn’t look much like her! I adore the double ribbon closure around the neck of her chemise à la reine.
Portrait of a Lady
This lovely portrait is unsigned and and undated, but the pastel medium leads me to believe that it was created by a female artist, since pastel was an easier and typically feminine medium (and hence was more “acceptable” for women to practice); if it is by a woman, I’m not surprised that there’s no artist’s name. After all, in France’s famous Académie alone,only four women were permitted to be academicians at once - not a very encouraging time to be a female artist!
As for the date, I’m far less certain since riding habits - and this one is glorious - remained relatively unchanged over the decades. If I was better at hats, I could date it from that! Oh, more and more things to learn..