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Self-Portrait with Two Pupils, Mademoiselle Marie-Gabrielle Capet and Mademoiselle Carreaux de Rosemond by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1785)
I’m writing on this stunning piece by Labille-Guiard for an art history comparison and I can’t decide - do you think her robe à l’anglaise is made out of taffeta or satin? My initial idea was taffeta, since it has such a thick and heavy drape, but the sheen looks more like satin (and the presence of a lining, which looks more like the slightly matte appearance of taffeta, would explain its weight). What do you think?
As a side note, I will make Labille-Guiard’s gown (as well as the one worn by the most visible student, who I suspect is Marie Marguerite Carreaux de Rosemond) - and if it’s satin, then I already have the main fabric!
Countess of Chinchon by Francisco Goya, 1797-1800
Louise, reine de Prusse, d’après Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, par Marie Heuer, in 1802.
Young Woman Drawing by Marie-Denise Villers, 1801
Madame Barbier-Walbonne by François Gérard, 1796 (housed at the Louvre, Paris)
Madame Regnault de Saint-Jean-D’Angély by Francois Gérard, 1798 (Louvre, Paris)
Madame Tallien by Jean-Bernard Duvivier, 1806, Brooklyn Museum
Lovely! It’s fascinating to see what fashions we have today that we think are new and unique, like hair bows or the open shoulders we see here. While I haven’t seen another example of the open shoulders in the Regency period, we do have plenty around the 1910s! Nothing is new - a most beautiful thought.