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closed front gowns
Thanks you so much for the excellent responses to my last question (which I will respond to individually in a bit) - you guys are great!

I have another question for you'all...

When exactly did close-fronted gowns come in? I'm attending a dance that is set in the early 1770s and I'm wondering if a closed front gown would be appropriate or if I should really have a stomacher and robings.

I'd much rather go with the closed-front gown as it's simpler and I have to make said gown in short order but I don't want to be horribly in-correct. :P


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koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: November 22nd, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC) (link)
You're safe :)

Off the top of my head only, the closed gown I used in Janet Arnold is dated 1770 to something I forget. So go for it!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 23rd, 2005 07:59 am (UTC) (link)
*sigh of relif*

Oh goody - thanks! :>
ktlovely From: ktlovely Date: November 22nd, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC) (link)
According to my Arnold, all the gowns from 1770 and onward were closed in front, no stomacher. I think you're safe, like Katherine said. :D
joysdaughter From: joysdaughter Date: November 22nd, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC) (link)
I've seen gowns later than 1770's that have stomachers - some did, some didn't. Maybe the dresses shown in Arnold are closed fronts with no stomachers, but by no means all dresses were like that, and to the best of my knowledge, nowhere does the Arnold book make that statement. This is very much a transition time - don't forget that even if the dress appears to be without a stomacher, this could have vanished/got separated from the dress etc, as they were frequently pinned on. Double check Costume in Detail and the other sources Jenny, but I think you will be fine - middle of the night here (potty break as my d-i-l-e would say) so am not about to go checking myself.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 23rd, 2005 08:03 am (UTC) (link)
Yeah, my understanding is that stomachers were fashionable in formal dress right up until the end of the century. Because it was a transitional time and all that, I wasn’t sure when the closed front gowns appeared exactly.

I'll be sure to double check though Suzi - thanks!
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