Returning from my first trip to France, I was inspired to make a costume gown to honor one of my favorite historical figures, Marie Antoinette.
Before I began designing the gown, I did intensive research on Rococo fashion from the 1770s. Pulling my favorite aspects from different historical fashion plates from the decade, and incorporating my own aesthetic ideals, I sketched the design for the gown.
I created my own patterns, and through draping, drafting, and many fittings, constructed the gown. For the majority of the dress, I used a machine to stitch, but hand-embroidered the design down the corset front stomacher.
The gown consists of six parts: the pannier, a tulle crinoline, a silk underskirt, a crème silk outer-skirt, a fully boned corset, and the outmost "robe a l'anglaise".