c.1780 Italian Gown – In Action – literally!

Now I can finally show you the whole look of my new 1780s ensemble all put together!

(In case you’re just tuning in and/or would like to revisit the construction posts I wrote about this here are links to the bodice, petticoat, and skirt + finishing)

(and I will still be doing a post about the sleeve cuffs, some of the underpinnings, and the wig, which I will link to here when it’s done and up)

Taylor (aka Dames a la Mode) graciously volunteered to do a photoshoot for me last Friday. The location is St James church + yard just up 8th street from my house here on Capitol Hill that’s done in an atmospheric faux-gothic-Jacobean mash-up style. I kinda love it!

And now on to the show!

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We started off with the skirt drawn up a la polonaise.

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Obligatory butt-shot:

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The next 3 shots show the polonaise-d skirt in swaying/swishing motion:

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And then I let down the skirt for some full-skirt-length shots. It definitely noticeably changes the overall feel of the dress, I think. Drawn-up it’s very fun and frothy, let down it’s rather regal! What do you think? Am I thinking about this too much? Lol

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Showing off my American Duchess Dunmore shoes in the black wool with I can’t remember which buckles and the white with black clocks silk stockings – a perfect pairing with this dress, I think!

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The let-down skirt also lends itself well to billowing!

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And spinning!

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Taylor also got some really nice detail shots

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The skirt trim with the skirt drawn up:

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And with the skirt let down:

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Finally, Taylor had the great idea of doing a little video showing how the dress moves (and how much I obviously love wearing it!). Thus the “literally” of this post’s title:

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Well done, you, if you made it to the end of this post! I know it was a lot of photos but I hope you enjoyed them!

16 thoughts on “c.1780 Italian Gown – In Action – literally!

  1. This is genuinely one of the most gorgeous historical dresses I’ve seen anyone make. It’s so well put together! Huge props to you, and thanks for sharing the process with us.🙂

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