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Watch a fascinating demo by costume designer Maxwell Barr who explores through dressing a live model in 18thC costume the prosperous world of 18th-century Parisian power dressing.

Maxwell Barr, designer of period costumes, explores fashion in the prosperous world of Paris at this demonstration offered in conjunction with the exhibition "Paris: Life & Luxury" at the Getty Center.

Swedish woman's shortgown c. 1780, made from fabric printed c. 1740.  Modern reproduction of this fabric is available from Duran Textiles AB. The fabric name "Pumpa" (English pumpkin) refers to the pumpkin like fruit in the design possibly intended to be a pomegranate. The lining in this short gown, another cotton print on blue ground, was reproduced as "Rosita."

A Fashionable Frolick: Online Century Patterns in Unexpected PlacesA list of links to Shortgown Patterns from Duran Textiles

Circa 1900 English Evening Dress by Russell & Allen: net over silk, velvet, boned bodice; worn by Maud Messel (nee Sambourne).

Guidelines for Campfollowers. Article and advice for women reenactors. Also has a link for the history of campfollowers in 1755.

Women's roles in the was very tyrannical. They were second to their brother even if they were first born. Even in marriage they were not entitled to a full inheritance in the event that their husband died. Their duty was to "honor their husband.

The stomacher idea is ingenious. It allowed a fit to many shapes and weights before you have to make a whole new dress to fit.

An Appetite for Fashion Decadence: A Brief History of Stomachers