Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Robe à la française, ca 1780 France, KCI
The mannequin displays a hairstyle that was often the subject of ridicule in contemporary fashion caricatures. A similar hairstyle, possibly the one that inspired this stylist, was called the “Coiffure de l’indépendance ou Le triomphe de la liberté” (Hairstyle of Independence, or The Triumph of Freedom), which was worn by Marie-Antoinette to celebrate France’s first naval victory over Britain during the American Revolutionary War.
The famous engraving showing the hairstyle:
Portrait of Volkonsky’s Children by Karl Briullov, date missing (1840’s-1852?)
Russian court dress for kids!
Ballgown or court dress by Reville & Rossiter, ca 1911 UK
Evening or court dress, 1911 India, Museum of London
This was worn by an Englishwoman living in India to a ceremony celebrating the coronation of King George V in June, 1911.
Portrait of Julie Bonaparte with daughters Zenaide and Charlotte by François Gérard, ca 1810 France, Musée national du Château de Fontainebleau