I’m in Dr Lambert’s office and decided to take a stretch break after hunching over the chemise gown. There’s a museum catelog on a nearby windowsill, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza: Old Masters, so I’m flipping through it and what do I spy? Zoffany, Group Portrait with Sir Elijah and Lady Impey, detail. 1783-84. And six feet from… Continue reading Chemise Post #27: surprise chemise!
(Appologies if the layout is being weird. I’m doing this on my iPad and it’s not exactly going smoothly) If you had asked me at 10 p.m. on May 11 if I thought I’d be sitting here in a hotel in Manchester typing this up, I would have said no way in hell. The reason… Continue reading Chemise Post #25: Manchester or bust!
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… Continue reading Chemise Post #19: A Most Beguiling Accomplishment
No, not me. This poor thing: The Museum of London identifies her as dressed as a shepherdess, based on the crook that’s wedged into the sedan with her.
A while back I mentioned delving into the topic of the chemise à la reine and its *ahem* racier associations. I figured what better day to do that than a Saturday, when people aren’t likely to be checking this blog at work? But just in case, I have put the image behind the cut.
I carpool to work with Trystan and the last two days she’s been ragging on me for falling off the daily posting bandwagon. Work has really ramped up in the last week and I’ve been up to my eyeballs with it, which means less time to think about pretty dresses. Anyway, today, Kendra posted this… Continue reading Chemise post #15: Kind of fell off the bandwagon…
As you saw in the previous post, I worked off of my notes for the Platt Hall chemise and wound up taking some shortcuts, like machine sewing everything. At that point I didn’t have the time to handsew every seam. The toughest part was figuring out how the shoulder piece attached to the front and… Continue reading Chemise Post #14: My chemise gown
I’m going 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. October 24, 2012: So, today started off lazily and the quickly spun into high gear. I had… Continue reading Chemise Post #12 – My first date with the Platt Hall Chemise
I’m going 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. August 10, 2012 I just found this video linked to on The Royal Corospondent. It’s a video… Continue reading Chemise Post #11: Caroline Weber talks about the chemise à la reine
If you are at all interested in late-Georgian upper class politics and scandal and haven’t read the excellent biography of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, by Amanda Foreman, you really ought to. It’s a great read, first of all. Second of all, it introduces the convoluted romantic life of the 5th Duke & Duchess of Devonshire… Continue reading Chemise Post #9: Bess Foster’s Chemise Gown