Dress (“robe à la française”)
This is a typical Rococo period women’s dress, “robe à la française”. The ensemble shown here consists of a gown, the petticoat much like what we would call a skirt today, and a stomacher made in a triangular panel shape. The gown opens in the front, and has large pleats folded up at the back. All this would be worn after formed with a corset and pannier, which acted as underclothes. Until clothing accepted drastic changes with the 1789 French Revolution, rich outfits, such as is shown here, were worn.
During 18th century France, the court culture termed “Rococo” blossomed. The clothes of this period, like those shown here, used luxurious silk textiles made in Lyon, France. The dress itself, in addition to already utilizing decorative textile, also adorned lace, ribbon, artificial flowers, and other ornaments were excessive but represented sophisticated spirits.
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Une harmonie absolue, douce comme un baiser, fraîche comme un amour naissant, mystérieuse comme la nuit.
Notes de tête : Verveine - Cardamome - Fleur d’oranger
Notes de coeur : Violette - Rose - Camélia
Notes de fond : Fève Tonka - Musc - Bois de Cade
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Clairin, who was her lover and then a loyal friend, remained the official portraitist of his illustrious muse for fifty years.
Dolce Far Niente by John William Waterhouse, 1880.
Café Pouchkine, Moscow
Last Year at Marienbad
Château de Montal.
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Floraison - Henri Martin
Blanco Y Negro 1929
Three women along the boardwalk in Blackpool, England. 1934.
Portrait of Violet, Duchess of Rutland - James Jebusa Shannon