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Victoire Louise Marie Thérèse de France (Madame Victoire) by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, 1788
Stunning purple! What a delicious robe à la française. I also just realized that there is a fleur de lis in the upper left corner, and I can’t tell if that is painted on or if it was somehow added by someone on the internet.. I’ve never seen a symbol like that in the corner of a portrait, but it would make sense as the fleur de lis is the symbol of the ancien régime (and Mdm Victoire is the daughter of King Louis XV)!
Robe a la francaise, 1774-93
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art
I didn’t think I could like a francaise this much…
Robe à la française, ca 1760 (textile ca 1750) France, LACMA
Saque back gown (robe a la française), V&A, c. 1770-79
English Robe a la Francaise, LACMA, c. 1765
Robe à la Française
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Robe a la francaise, LACMA, c. 1760
Photos below from LACMA:
Photos below by Kat:
Robe à la Française | c. 1770
Robe à la Française | 1760-70
Women with coquettish airs were imposing in robes à la française and robes à l’anglaise throughout the period between 1720 and 1780. The robe à la française was derived from the loose negligee sacque dress of the earlier part of the century, which was pleated from the shoulders at the front at the back. The silhouette, composed of a funnel-shaped bust feeding into wide rectangular skirts, was inspired by Spanish designs of the previous century and allowed for expansive amounts of textiles with delicate Rococo curvilinear decoration. The wide skirts, which were often open at the front to expose a highly decorated underskirt, were supported by panniers created from padding and hoops of different materials such as cane, baleen or metal. The robes à la française are renowned for the beauty of their textiles, the cut of the back employing box pleats and skirt decorations, known as robings, which showed endless imagination and variety.