""Circassienne": it is composed of an undervest with long, very tight sleeves, and a gown or overcoat pulled up behind on the sides and in back; very short sleeves, cut like the mouth of a canon, from which the undervest's sleeves seem to come; a Muslim petticoat,* the waist of which is hidden under the undervest and which reaches below the ankle on two sides, it is the last piece in the composition of the Circassienne." 1778

""Circassienne": it is composed of an undervest with long, very tight sleeves, and a gown or overcoat pulled up behind on the sides and in back; very short sleeves, cut like the mouth of a canon, from which the undervest's sleeves seem to come; a Muslim petticoat,* the waist of which is hidden under the undervest and which reaches below the ankle on two sides, it is the last piece in the composition of the Circassienne." 1778

Galerie des Modes, 21e Cahier, 4e Figure  Young Lady coiffed with an English hat called a chapeau à la Turque, trimmed with flowers and gauze; she is dressed in a Polonaise of gauze striped with silver on a ground of pink taffeta, as is the petticoat. (1779)

Galerie des Modes, 21e Cahier, 4e Figure Young Lady coiffed with an English hat called a chapeau à la Turque, trimmed with flowers and gauze; she is dressed in a Polonaise of gauze striped with silver on a ground of pink taffeta, as is the petticoat. (1779)

Journal de la Mode et du Gout, June 1790.  OMG.  The giant hat!  The blue!  The multicolored embroidery (?) on her petticoat!  I want this!

Journal de la Mode et du Gout, June 1790. OMG. The giant hat! The blue! The multicolored embroidery (?) on her petticoat! I want this!

A Most Beguiling Accomplishment: Galerie des Modes, 13e Cahier, 2e Figure (1778). Caption & long description translated by @Cassidy. "Robe à la Versailloise of grey gros de Naples,* trimmed with plain muslin, white tassels, the petticoat of a soft green through which one sees the flounce, ribbons of soft green, wearing a hat. The parasol is of a very soft blue-violet... Robe à la Versailloise: it is from Versailles that these Gowns appeared for the first time. The name of the place where..."

A Most Beguiling Accomplishment: Galerie des Modes, 13e Cahier, 2e Figure (1778). Caption & long description translated by @Cassidy. "Robe à la Versailloise of grey gros de Naples,* trimmed with plain muslin, white tassels, the petticoat of a soft green through which one sees the flounce, ribbons of soft green, wearing a hat. The parasol is of a very soft blue-violet... Robe à la Versailloise: it is from Versailles that these Gowns appeared for the first time. The name of the place where..."

1715 French Court dress - actually it is probably a walking dress from about 1775.

1715 French Court dress - actually it is probably a walking dress from about 1775.

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