So pretty! The reblog is a must! Enjoy drooling!
Excepting the Rijksmuseum’s inelegant head covering, which frankly detracts from the presentation, this example of a Dutch wedding gown is a masterpiece of embroidery. The motif, relieved by a restrained bodice and plain sleeves, summons the look of a sartorial garden wherein 17th century fabric–ribbonesque mustard scrollwork, flowers ranging from carmine to blush to blue, all on a backdrop of the lightest blue silk–meets 18th century style.
What’s interesting here is that the large patterned embroidery is actually a throwback to the 1600s while the gown’s silhouette seems distinctly middle 18th century. There is, however, a confusing element involved when dating this gown. Exaggerated panniers, which widened a woman’s hips to staggering proportions, originated in the 17th century Spanish court. From there, the style spread to the French, then was later adopted by Europe’s remaining fashionable courts around 1718-1719.
Since this particular gown was worn by Helena Slicher, a Dutch woman, the creation date of 1759 seems reasonable as trends typically spread outward from France and lingered…
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