Ladies “Macaroni” jacket and embroidered skirt. Late 18th century. French. Silk.

Ladies “Macaroni” jacket and embroidered skirt. Late 18th century. French. Silk.

Artistic dress had its roots in mid-Victorian England, where Pre-Raphaelite artists, with their love of things medieval, and disdain of industrialized society, revived a version of the loose fitting, relatively plain gowns of that time. Its successor, Aesthetic dress, drew from the same design, but not philosophical, resources. In 1884, Liberty & Co. hired Edward William Godwin, an architect and proponent of Aesthetic dress and dress reform, to head their new costume department. This tea…

Artistic dress had its roots in mid-Victorian England, where Pre-Raphaelite artists, with their love of things medieval, and disdain of industrialized society, revived a version of the loose fitting, relatively plain gowns of that time. Its successor, Aesthetic dress, drew from the same design, but not philosophical, resources. In 1884, Liberty & Co. hired Edward William Godwin, an architect and proponent of Aesthetic dress and dress reform, to head their new costume department. This tea…

Early 1900's combination petticoat with tucks and lace. Abiti Antichi.

Early 1900's combination petticoat with tucks and lace. Abiti Antichi.

Dress (British) ca. 1820

Dress (British) ca. 1820

Owner:  National Museum of Australia  Owner registration number:  2005.0005.0141  Date range:  1810 - 1813  Place of origin:  Devonshire England, Sydney and Goulburn, Devonshire/New South Wales, England/Australia  Gender:  Female

Owner: National Museum of Australia Owner registration number: 2005.0005.0141 Date range: 1810 - 1813 Place of origin: Devonshire England, Sydney and Goulburn, Devonshire/New South Wales, England/Australia Gender: Female

Reproduction Striped Linen Round Gown by koshka_the_cat, with construction notes

Reproduction Striped Linen Round Gown by koshka_the_cat, with construction notes

Rear view of Robe à la Polonaise, 1774–93, French, silk. See closer detail at 18th Century Fashion A Closer Look: http://pinterest.com/pin/278589926920863434/

Rear view of Robe à la Polonaise, 1774–93, French, silk. See closer detail at 18th Century Fashion A Closer Look: http://pinterest.com/pin/278589926920863434/

Visiting Dress, 1870/1873

Visiting Dress, 1870/1873

Round gown ca. 1770’s - 80’s From Reine des Centfeuilles

Round gown ca. 1770’s - 80’s From Reine des Centfeuilles

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