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Colonial Fashion

Inspiring images of colonial-era fashion for dress creations.

Colonial Fashion

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Blog about constructing a robe a la francaise. Lovely step by step including lining, draping, making cord, dying, embroidering, and much more!

At Long Last, the Louisbourg Gown

Detail of an 18th century suit from the Amsterdam Museum. | A'DAM, man & mode blog

Textile Sample Book Date: 1771 Culture: British Medium: Paper, cloth binding, with attached samples of fustian

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Textile Sample Book

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.

1737 fabric swatches (French)

Embroidered waistcoat, English, 1740s, KSUM 1983.1.13.

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

Man's Coat | LACMA Collections

A Light blue dress with tons of ribbon!

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.

Gown ca. 1730-40 From Colonial Williamsburg

Robe à la Française Date: 1760–70 Culture: British Medium: silk

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

An even closer look at the sleeve detail of a Robe à l'Anglaise, 1770–75, British, silk, metal (c) Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mens green silk banyan, ca 1760 England (ca 1742-43 silk), Cora Ginsburg Collection

Old Rags - Mens banyan, ca 1760 England (ca 1742-43 silk),...

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”

Robe volante (in German called "Kontusch"), 1700; Germanic National Museum in Nuremberg

Blue camblet riding jacket. Britain, 1730-50

Detail: Mantua, Stomacher and petticoat, Italy, 1700. LACMA Collections Online

Back detail of c. 1775 Robe a'la Francaise with compere stomacher.

Late 1770's riding habit in the style of Lady Wosley, 2012

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

Gentlemen's Frockcoats, waistcoats and breeches, Italy, 1780