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The Artistry and Design of 18th Century French Fashion

Have you ever wished you could travel back in time to experience what life was like in Paris during the 18th century?  The lives of the people were vastly different, based upon their social status and degree of wealth.  During this time period, Paris was the second-largest city in Europe, after London, while it was also most notably recognized as one of the founding points of high fashion and haute couture.  This was a fashion-forward era that led to the creation of custom-fitted clothing that was exclusively handmade from start to finish.  Each piece of clothing was created by using high quality fabrics with extreme precision in craftsmanship and attention to detail that reflected the wearer’s wealth and societal status.

Sass3 felt privileged to be able to explore this era of French fashion while attending a live lecture at The Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California.  In this blog we will highlight the extraordinary teachings of Maxwell Barr as he discusses and demonstrates the art of fashion in the prosperous world of 18th Century France.  With the help of a model, we were able to catch a glimpse into this world through live demonstrations of the daily wardrobe that was worn by the elite households of France.  Each article of clothing was reflective of historical pieces found during this time period while also illustrating examples of original fabric, lace, and accessories from this era.

Come take a Timeless Journey with us as we experience the level of artistry and design that will not only delight the eyes, but also please the soul – as nothing can truly prepare you for the level of beauty and workmanship found in the attire we discovered while attending:  An Artist at Work – French Fashion. ♥

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Creating Your Own Modern Outlandish Wear

The gown was two years out of fashion by cosmopolitan standards of Jamaica, but it was clean, which was the main thing so far as I was concerned.

The gown itself was not at all bad, it was of cream silk, half sleeved and very simple, but with panniers of wine-striped silk over the hips, and a ruching of claret-colored silk piping that ran in two rows from waist to bosom.  With the Brussels lace I had purchased sewn around the sleeves, I though it would do, even if the cloth was not quite the first quality.

“I’m glad you picked that one.” I said, touching the stone gently.  It was warm from his body.  “Goes much better with the dress than the sapphire or the emerald would.”

Jamie had finally taken time to notice the rest of my costume.  His eye traveled slowly over me from head to hem, and a smile spread across his face.

“Ye make a verra ornamental jewel box, Sassenach,” he said.  “A fine distraction, aye?”

Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn. Chapter 6, pages 101 – 104.

I love fashion.  I often look at web sites of my favorite clothing stores to look for inspiration on looks and sewing ideas.  Lately, I have found myself often turning to Anthropologie and Pinterest for my newest ideas.  Unfortunately, my tastes do not often meet my budget.  So when I can, I try and make pieces myself.  There  is nothing better that adding new life to something that I already own or even upscaling a piece of clothing that was once considered out of style. Just as Claire’s gown in Drums of Autumn.  ♥

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