Chemise Post #19: A Most Beguiling Accomplishment

I think it’s high time I gave a shoutout to Cassidy over at Mimic-of-Modes. Cassidy has been putting up translations of Galerie des Modes and Cabinet des Modes fashion plates for a few years now. Her translations on the chemise gown have been helpful for my own research, as her grasp of the nuances of French is somewhat better than mine, so I’d frequently check my translations against hers as I was compiling written references to the chemise. Her thesis was also on the chemise gown, but on the later iterations, whereas I’m focused on the earliest incarnations.

If you haven’t been spending hours trawling through her translations, you really should start. It’s an impressive project she’s got going on there!

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“Gown en chemise of white Foulard, with lemon spots, and edged entirely with a black ribbon, contrasted rather well with the Casque à la Bellone, diversified with such resplendent colors. It was tightened by a wide black belt, forming a bow in the back.” – Translated by Cassidy Percoco.

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7 Responses to Chemise Post #19: A Most Beguiling Accomplishment

  1. Trystant says:

    Damn! How did I miss this fashion plate? It’s a way to backward-document my chemise a la gothique with the printed fabric :)

  2. avantgarbe says:

    Ooooo I just bought a sheer cotton/silk voile with orange dots (http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/Dark-Gold-White-Abstract-Silk-Cotton-Voile-J.-Crew-53W.html , but on sale for $4 a yard). It was going to be a 1850s sheer gown, or maybe a bustle gown, but looks like those plans just changed!

    • Sarah says:

      I hadn’t seen those photos, no! Thanks for forwarding them on to me. It’s nice to see that there’s an underbodice with ties at the front. I kind of imagined that’s what was going on under there!

      • Sanna K says:

        Yes, it is! I had also never seen any photos of the back and from the inside of this dress before so it was nice to stumble upon these photos on facebook! :)

  3. Cassidy says:

    Oh my gosh! I’m so glad that I’ve been helpful – that’s why I started the project, to get all of that encrypted information out there and available.

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