The Regency Wardrobe collection - production - Making the silhouette dresses - The Saloon Dress

 

The Saloon Dress

 

The embroidery effect decoration on this dress is inspired by the wallpaper of their recently renovated Saloon, with special photographic permission from The Royal Pavilion, Brighton
 

 

Please see: https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/whattosee/saloon/

 

 

 

 

 

The style of the dress is inspired by this dress from the V&A's collection

 

 

 

Please see: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O110585/ball-gown-unknown/

 

 

 

 

 And indeed the shoulders of this British Spencer held in the collection of the Met Museum

 

 

Please see: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/108019?img=2

 

 

Images of it's construction:

 

 

 

 

 

Initially I thought the lace effect paper cutting would go all around and over the shoulders of the bodice of the dress so I cut a square which I planned to slip over the head of the mannequin. When I put it in place and despite gathering it, because paper doesn't flop in quite the same way that fabric does I wasn't getting the look I wanted however.

 

 

It was at this stage that the shoulder design changed and I returned to the wonderful image I'd already seen of the Met Museum's spencer and its amazing ridged structure. I decided to turn this ridge effect from front to back.

 

 

 

 It's nearly there. A picture of this dress, when completed and shown in situ at The Regency Town House, will be available next May.

 

 

 

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