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19th Century Fashion
This is an original gown from the early Regency, accented with a delicate tulle overlay and featuring slim sleeves. Back when I sewed professionally, a customer sent me this photo so I could reproduce the dress, which was a really fun project. I believe the original garment is in the Kyoto Museum collection.
Name: Neoclassical Dress Date: 1804-1814 Period: Empire Period Source: The MET Country of origin: France Description: This dress incorporates both the antiquity fascination, seen through the embroidery, with the innovative costume modification by removing the need for a corset by adding gussets by adding triangles for support. The set-in sleeves end just above the elbow with a ruffle and are made of cotton.
Fashion Plates: ca. 1806 - 1820. "Some of these are from fashion journals of the time; ‘The Gallery of Fashion,’ ‘La Belle Assemblée or a Lady’s Fashionable Companion’ and ‘Ackermann’s Repository of Arts.’ These were the ‘Vogue’ magazines of their time. For the upper social classes there seems to have been an outfit for every occasion from archery to promenading. Jane Austen refers to the fashions of the day in her novels."