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Colonial Fashion

Inspiring images of colonial-era fashion for dress creations.

Despite their apparently rigid construction, 18th century bodices were actually fairly malleable when it came to accommodating pregnancy. The use of stomachers left the front of the bodice open allowing pregnant women to either use larger stomachers or forgo them entirely and fasten to bodice with ties. You can see with this quilted robe à la française from circa 1750, how widely the bodice could be expanded with the use of ties.

Detail front view, coat and waistcoat, France, c. 1790. Green silk taffeta; waistcoat: green silk velvet with floral motifs.

Man's Coat | LACMA Collections

Source unknown ( thanks, random upload ), but this dress appears Georgian in origin. Not sure if it's original or reproduction, but it love the colors!

Fashion 18th Century ball gown dress ensemble costume circa from 1752-1775. Made from very fine silk, lace and trim with embroidered small flower floral pattern in off white woven into the pale blue background. Hat decorated with millinery flower.

Robe a la francaise ca. 1760-70 From the Canadian Museum of Civilization

Dress (Robe à l'Anglaise) Date: 1770–75 Culture: British Medium: silk, metal

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Robe à l'Anglaise

Bright colors and patterns in this man's colonial-era outfit from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, “Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail 1700-1915. exhibit”

translation from site - "the "stages" of a typical eighteenth-century hairdo that we made for the exhibition of Marie Antoinette"

This is just gorgeous! Gown and fichu detail from Self-portrait with a Harp, circa 1791, Rose-Adélaïde Ducreux (1761 – July 26, 1802). Note how the lace at the elbow has been folded up over the sleeve, out of the way of the harp strings for ease of play.

These dresses were made for the Society of Martha Washington Colonial Pageant and Ball in Laredo, Texas. And they are generally worn by 17 year old girls. Because no one else has a waist that small!