I just had my first, of two, study sessions at Platt Hall, and so far it’s been worth it! First, some assumptions about the dress that I walked away with in 2012 were set straight immediately. The frilly collar around the neck that was of a different fabric? Modern. It was put on the dress… Continue reading Chemise Post #26: First date with the chemise
One of my favorite things is seeing Trystan take a historical style and make it into her own. She’s VERY committed to her personal aesthetic and warped sense of humor, in case you haven’t noticed. Trystan made this gown for our trip to France last year, from some beautiful lightweight silk-cotton Indienne printed lawn. To… Continue reading Chemise Post #24: Trystan’s chemise à la Gothique
Way back in my first post, I discussed the terminology confusion surrounding the “gaulle” and the “chemise.” Back when we thought these dresses were two different things, and not simply later iterations of the chemise gown, Kendra made a lovely peach-toned gaulle. Kendra’s gown features the tight, wrist length sleeves, and the fitted back of the… Continue reading Chemise Post #23: Kendra’s robe en gaulle
It’s really gratifying to see your research being interpreted by someone who knows a thing or two about making beautiful clothing. Cathy Hay has been a supporter of my aspirations since practically the beginning, and so she turned to me for help when she decided to make her own chemise gown for our France trip… Continue reading Chemise Post #22: Cathy’s chemise gown
Fashion Through History talks about her inspiration and construction of her chemise gown, here. Lovely!
I have this vague recollection of 2007 being the Year of the Chemise Gown in my costuming circles. I think it started off with Katherine, who spontaneously decided that she had to have one, and then others rapidly followed suit. Yeah, costumers are kind of sheep like that. 😉 At the time, I remember thinking… Continue reading Chemise Post #20: A trip down memory lane
I love Cynthia’s chemise gown. I think she perfectly captured the fit and overall look of what I like to think of as Trianon Chic. You can see how Cynthia created her gown on her website, where she goes into quite a bit of detail about the construction on her dress diary.
I’m out of town for the weekend so I’ll be republishing the next three Chemise Gown installments from the original blog I started a couple of years ago to specifically track my research progress on this project. March 3, 2013 Well, my little breakdown a few weeks ago has passed, and the good news is… Continue reading Chemise Post #13: Taking my first stab at recreating the Platt Hall Chemise
One of the little known (outside of Spain) awesome ladies of the late-Georgian period was María Cayetana de Silva, 13th Duchess of Alba. She was… Well, how do I put this… eccentric. Very, very eccentric. She was one of Goya’s muses, and indeed, two of his most famous portraits are of her, The White Duchess and The Black Duchess. (His… Continue reading Chemise Post #10: La Duquesa