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1790's Dresses by Seitou 1790's Dresses by Seitou

Fashion Timeline: 1760-1810

Year: ca 1790-1799
Style: Georgian & Directory
Dresses: Redingote or "martial dress" and chemise
Description: 1) Corruption of the English “riding coat.” It was a gown style inspired by riding coats worn by Englishmen of the same period; 2) Loose, unfitted gown made popular by Marie Antoinette. This gown could be put on over the head; in the 1790s, it became even more simplified and was often worn without a sash at the waist. The puffed sleeves also disappeared (from "Galerie des Modes").

Yay for Revolutionary fashions? o__O;; I think this pretty much gets across my point about fashions changing really quickly! The redingote didn't turn out as nicely as I would've liked, but I'll have other opportunities to draw them >O>;; That style is from 1790-1791... maybe 1792? I doubt it would've been worn any later... with those colors, I mean >__>;; The tricolor redingotes were really popular during the early years of the Revolution.

The second dress is based on a costume from a painting from 1794-95 (yes, it's much earlier than it looks) by an unknown artist (it's been attributed to the circle of David). I think I might've made a few errors in the dress, though, since the painting only shows the upper half of the woman. That floral design probably shouldn't be there on a chemise, though these dresses did have floral embroidery on them in the early 1800s (so I thought maybe I could get away with adding some decoration). The design was somewhat inspired by the embroidery on a roundgown from the Kyoto Costume Institute. I'm not entirely certain, but I think that little bustle pads were worn with the higher-waisted styles (roundgowns and chemise dresses); it's the only way to account for the fullness those dresses had.

And I think Celina might pass as a Merveilleuse? They often wore their hair cropped short. I'll have to look into it.

ONE MORE to go and then I'm done!!! :boogie:

PS. That's NOT an Empire dress. It's from the Directory. Just to clear that up before people get confused ;P

Cammi © ~Seitou
Celina © ~Seitou
Textures are my own.
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Very nice!
caitycaitcake Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The details in these are just fantastic.
Miss-Pixie-Duchess Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Is the chemise also a Revolutionary fashion, despite the fact that Marie Antoinette kinda started it? (Sorry, this is kind of a stupid question, but I'd just like to be sure...)

Because I know that a symbol of France, the Marianne wears a gown similar to the second one...

Please correct me if I'm wrong!
Seitou Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, a lot of women owned variations of the chemise well before the Revolution, but during the 1790s that style became the new fashion, partly due the interest in neoclassicism and partly because of the unstable political climate. It wasn't necessarily labeled as a "Revolutionary" fashion, but the simplicity of the chemise did symbolize a rejection of the decadence of previous years.
Miss-Pixie-Duchess Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
I see. Very helpful information; thanks so much!

(By the by, I just love all of your period fashion pieces. They're so detailed and lovely.)
SpeakersBlown Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooo! I love these!
The right one looks a bit like a prom dress I'm (trying to) design.
adazu Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Your knowledge of historical fashion impresses me so much!
I love your collection of fashion portraits - if I can call them that? You're a great source for inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing everything! :)
chibi-monster Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Oh, these are beautiful. *^*
I love these kinds of styles, the 18th century dresses are so nice and sophisticated. 8D
But sometimes the ones that are tied under the chest sometimes make women look pregnant, but I do love the hair too
Oh no I ranted.
AyaneShinobi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008   Traditional Artist
I haven't been to DA in a while, so my inbox is filled and I've been so slow to getting to everybody's galleries! I since that you've drawn a lot since my absense...that's great! :) I see you changed your colouring style just a bit, but it looks really good. I'd totally wear that outfit (the white one on the right); it looks the most comfortable too.
swizzle-stix Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008
Once again your skills blow me away. :0 This is really beautiful! :love:
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