Advent Calendar – Day Five   Recently updated !


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Robe à la Française, French, 1770-5. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, New York.

There’s been a decided emphasis on nineteenth and early twentieth century fashion here for the last few months so I thought it was about time I went back to this blog’s roots and featured something more eighteenth century for a change.

Therefore, behind the fifth window of the Madame Guillotine advent calendar of DOOM there lives a beautiful silk robe à la Française in shimmering pale oyster silk trimmed with delicate cream and pale blue lace and pink tulle roses. It really is gorgeous and with a French providence may well have graced the gilt and marble halls of Versailles in its heyday.

This is perhaps less eye-catching than some of the dresses that I have hitherto featured but it’s nonetheless beautiful.

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