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POLONAISE A hint of nationalism didn’t stop Marie Antoinette (1755–1793) from adopting it as an informal costume over in France. Vive le Polonaise! Here's Kirsten in the 2006 film version in the style

POLONAISE A hint of nationalism didn’t stop Marie Antoinette from adopting it as an informal costume over in France. Here's Kirsten in the 2006 film version in the style

Cream crinoline gown with blue embroidery, by Norman Hartnell. Worn by Queen Elizabeth II during the Tour of Canada and the United States of America, October 1957. The Royal Collection © 2008, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Black-and-white photo "Queen Elizabeth in Williamsburg, dated October 16, 1957: Queen Elizabeth attends dinner at the historical old Williamsburg Inn, USA /original photo (via romanbenedikhanson on Flickr). CLICK THROUGH FOR LARGER IMAGES.

Cream crinoline gown with blue embroidery, by Norman Hartnell. Worn by Queen Elizabeth II during the Tour of Canada and the United States of America, October Black-and-white photo "Queen Elizabeth in Williamsburg, dated October

I love Katherine's dress diary website. Here she demonstrates how to put on an authentic 18th century petticoat with twill tape waistband. Am in the process of making same now.

I love Katherine's dress diary website. Here she demonstrates how to put on an authentic century petticoat with twill tape waistband. Am in the process of making same now.

Before the Automobile: Robe à l'Anglaise

The dress is made of century reproduction Dutch chintz and lined with linen. It is hand sewn with linen tread. Each piece of the bodice.

Dress detail

in-the-middle-of-a-daydream: Detail from François Hubert Drouais’ 1757 painting of the French actress Madame Charles Simon Favart (Marie Justine Benoîte Duronceray Gorgeous sleeve detail.

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When grooms could be as beautifully dressed as their brides: embroidered silk wedding suit, 1766 From the Royal Armory and Hallwyl Museum. This suit could serve just as well at court.

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