When I first saw the self-portrait by Rose Adelaide Ducreux, I instantly fell in love with it.
The colours… that rug… the glimmer of her dress – you can practically hear it rustling! And don’t get me started on the stripes!
It took me a few looks to notice the trim at the hem of her petticoat – gorgeous. And that little ribbon in her is perfectly judged.
I would absolutely love to make a gown like this… another one to add to my wish-list, I suppose! I think that style of bodice on the gown is called a “cut-out”. According to Wikipedia (font of all knowlege? Hmm…) the portrait dates to 1791, which, from what little I know, fits with the shape of the stays and the bum-roll effect of the skirts.
I’ve noticed that I do seem to be drawn to these later era gowns and it would seem that I just can’t help myself when it comes to stripes!