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Robe à la française

Lindsay Bennett's avatar Lindsay Bennett

After many years of reading about and studying 18th Century fashion as well as seeing the Hollywood portrayal, I decided the only way to fully appreciate this type of gown was to construct one for myself. Using traditional methods with modern fabrics and materials I created my own robe à la française. It was a long and sometimes complicated undertaking involving over 20 yards of fabric adorned with faux jewels and self-fabric ruffles and decorations indicative of the time. The gown will be shown on a blank mannequin complete with an era appropriate wig. This piece will allow viewers to experience the opulence of 18th century style first hand.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 4'
  • Medium: fabric
  • Width: 5'
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 8'