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Robe à la francaise

for 'Living History' at the theater Würzburg
 
 

Period: around 1770, England

This Rococo dress is based upon an original cut, which was obtained from the Snowshill Manor in England. The dress thereby adapted one of the rare original copies of Toile de Jouy. Toile de Jouy fabrics came up during the 18th century. They are made of cotton imprinted with pastoral scenes. This dress also reveals the spreading of bourgeois fashion at that time.


Manteau, stomacher and jupe are garnished with plastic, longitudinal stripes of typical Rococo pleating. The box pleats (Watteau pleats) at the back fall loose from the shoulder to the floor with a slight train. Flounces with delicate lace ruffles underneath are applied in a three-rowed beveled step-range to the sleeves. As it was common for this kind of clothing the manteau is draped on a linen bodice, which has an inner lacing for adjusting its width.


A small pannier and a corset serve as undergarment. The eyelets are handmade.

 
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