The William Morris
& Dance Costume
16th and 17th Century
18th and 19th Century
I was determined that a recent visit to see the film "The Duchess" would be purely for enjoyment - no costume research, no study - pure leisure. I failed! For one thing, it was quite an interesting experience to see familiar period costumes stepping straight out of the pages of my own period costume books; from our own Victoria and Albert to the Kyoto Costume Institute, several of Keira Knightley's costumes (apparently 27 in total) had their origins in real eighteenth century dress.|
Prior to immersing myself in it again, I'd almost forgotten how lovely late eighteenth century dress is, with wide open necklines, fitted long sleeves and bodices cut away to reveal a stomacher- a "zone front". This gives the effect of a waistcoat - not unlike the ever-popular "shrug" or bolero jacket of today. Men's riding jacket styles were adopted by ladies, giving jackets interesting pleating arrangements at the back waist... Once reminded, I was in deep: itchy fingers quickly led to several planned variations on the 1780's theme!
The design shown consists of a corset-bodice with a pleated "jacket" back. It is one item and therefore very easy to wear, although it gives the impression of a corset with a jacket worn over the top; it fastens at the front.|
The jacket part of the design is in a turquoise/ royal blue shade of silk. Challenging to photograph! Samples can be provided on request if you would like to see the actual colour.
Also shown are alternative embellishments - contrasting and toning silk and velvet flowers. The availability of these - and other embellishments - varies constantly. Some are one-offs, some I have a few of, it all depends on what is available at the point you place an order. As shown (or similar): £2400.
Colours fabrics, trims and embellishments can be varied from those shown - over four hundred shades of plain silk dupion are available. At present, the gown can be reproduced exactly as shown, including embellishment.
Size 12/14 (approx.) held as studio sample.
The film "The Duchess" used Holkham Hall for interior shots - in particular it's famous marble entrance hall. If you visit for a consultation, you may be tempted while here to a take a small detour to the North Norfolk coast to visit this in reality - together with the beautiful expanse of Holkham beach: famous for it's use at the end of "Shakespeare in Love"
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