The William Morris
& Dance Costume
16th and 17th Century
18th and 19th Century
|18th Century Style Bridal Gown
|While keeping the overall feel of a classic 18th century style gown, this modern interpretation follows the shape of the body rather than compressing and lifting the figure. Unlike authentic reproductions of this period
which would finish on the waist and flare out into the skirt, this contemporary version has a longer bodice line which follows the natural bust line and elongates the body in a way that greatly flatters the waist. This is aided by the focus of decoration on the centre front panel and by the large skirt.
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elaborately decorated gown is constructed in a silk dupion embroidered
in a metallic gold thread. The intricately ruched ribbon detail is
painstakingly applied by hand to avoid the heavier "hammered down" effect
which would occur if attached by machine. The boned stomacher style
front panel has alternating bands of beaded and metallic lace. Like
all Rossetti gowns, it is fully lined throughout.
This is merely one treatment of this style of gown. There are many alternative lace and fabric combinations possible - at least 300 different colours of silk dupion are available, before considering different fabrics such as duchesse satins and thai silks. This design would work equally well in plain fabrics as embroidered ones. A close reproduction of the gown as shown: £2500 with embroidered fabric or £2000 with a plain fabric.
|This design can be varied and individualised|
to each made-to-measure order.
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