Wednesday, April 18, 2012

1780-1782 French Fashion Plates

I have a lovely assortment of French fashion plates from the years 1780-1782 
for today's post and a new digital scene depicting one of those beauties.

I've stated before that I'm drawn to fashion plates that show the back of a garment.  
I especially liked this 1780 dress in the "Robe à l'Anglaise" style, so today's digital scene 
was created using that lovely fashion plate but in a new teal color I created.

On a previous post,  I created a digital scene using another fashion plate showing 
the back of a gown; however that garment was in the style of  "Robe à la Française" 
or Sack-Back. Since both scenes show the lady from the back you can check both to see 
the differences in these two styles.  For more information on these styles click HERE

"Garden Dreams" created using an altered 1780 French Fashion Plate
I enjoy altering the colors on fashion plates and at the bottom of this post you 
will find a nice selection of the above lady in a nice variety of colors.


1780 French Fashion Plate - Style: Habit en Levite
Some vintage styles like the Levite are a bit difficult to find information on.
The best I can tell is that for it to be considered Levite the lines are straight 
(no poofs and swags in the skirt or overskirt), a sash at the waist and a
shawl style collar with a bit of ruffle trim on it. 

For a glossary of French Fashion Terms - click HERE 
The blog "A Most Beguiling Accomplishment", has a nice post showing a variety of
French fashion plates in the Levite style along with Cassidy's personal research on this style.

1780 French Fashion Plate - Style: Cirassienne
"Robe a la Cirassienne" which is a version of the "Robe à la Polonaise".

"Cirassienne" is a specific looking version of the "Polonaise".
The Cirassienne has more elaborate decorations; specifically trim such as
fur or tassels, which distinguish it from the typical Polonaise.  

1780 French Fashion Plate - Style: Levite
Note the lack of poofs and swags on this style and then the tied sash at the waist.
The shawl style collar edged with lace also seems to denote the Levite style.

1781 French Fashion Plate - Style: Levite
A Levite Pelisse trimmed with ermine fur - how luxurious.
I believe this to be a mourning costume.

1781 French Fashion Plate - Style: Polonaise
This plate description states the pelisse is grey and bordered in swan.
I believe this also to be a mourning costume

1781 French Fashion Plate - Style: Grand Court (Mourning Dress)
I previously posted this low bodice, mourning dress HERE
"The Naughty Side of French Fashions"; but have included it once more since it is 
a mourning dress and I thought it  should be shown with the other two pictured above.

1782 French Fashion Plate - Style: Robe a l'Anglaise
Robe a l'Anglaise - (English/American version with a bustle rather than pannier hoops and a draped back that begins at the lower "v" portion on the back of the bodice where the skirt begins ) 

For more information on this style click HERE 

1782 French Fashion Plate - Style: Levite
Again we see straight lines with a lack of poofs and swags on this style.  Their is an interesting twist in that the sash drapes across the bodice before being tied at the waist.
The shawl style collar edged with lace also seems to denote the Levite style.

1780 French Fashion Plate - Style: Robe a la Turque
"Robe a la Turque" or in the Turkish style
I'd like to reference the blog "A Most Beguiling Accomplishment"
once more; however this time Cassidy's post is on the style "Robe a la Turque"


I took the above 1780 "Robe a la Turque" fashion plate, created a PNG and 
made several new color versions of her. 

PNG of Fashion Plate in the Original Color Scheme

Rose Version

Sapphire and Gold Version

Emerald and Gold Version

Mulberry & Teal Version

Pink and Plum Version

Violet Version

Blue and Teal Version

Green and Teal Version

Teal Version

Sable and Olive Version

Pistachio Version

Desert Rose Version

I created my digital artwork using the Teal version of this lovely lady.

"Garden Dreams" by EKDuncan 2012
The altered Teal fashion plate is the focus of my piece and the background was created by merging several photos together. I added a variety of filters and textures in Photoshop to the background images to give it that "dreamy" fairytale look.  

The above artpiece is the second part of a two part garden scene.
Below is the first garden scene I created earlier this month - HERE.
I chose to use the same background in a slightly different way so I could use
together as a set of "paintings" for another digital project I'm thinking about.

Garden Scene #1 from earlier this month
I really have enjoyed creating these little framed gems and soon 
I'll be sharing another fun project of mine using them.

I'll be back later with more late 18th Century French Fashions 
from the time of Marie Antoinette.

till next time...


  1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful images with us. I love visiting your blog, and seeing your lovely creations.

    1. Hi debi - I'm so glad to hear you're a repeat visitor and are enjoying the images.

      Thanks so much for letting me know you like the images and my artwork. I'll do my best to keep posting more of both.


  2. Hello,
    Wow! Thank you for the link, I did not know him. I have thousands of bookmarks, mostly on the history of fashion, but I did not. Interesting your article because it makes known styles of dresses. They are fashion plates that are not often seen. I love the last 3D garden scene.
    Thank you so much for all these gorgeous images!!!

    1. Hey Sylvie. I know, I was thrilled when I stumbled on the blog "A Most Beguiling Accomplishment" at

      There was so much good information on costume history and design that I wanted others to check it out too. I'm so glad you did because it is fantastic.

      I'm glad you are still enjoying my posts. Thanks for all the kind comments you leave me, they are appreciated.


  3. Hello dear Evelyn,

    If you have any time, have a look to my blog today.
    I wonder what you 'll think about this post...?


    1. Super job Sim! I love the way you used two ladies heads from the 18th Century Fashion plates I've been posting to create heads on the Love Birds. So very original!


      Sim's artwork using two fashion plates can be seen at her April 20, 2012 post

      If anyone wants to see what the original ladies looked like they can be found at the following links.

      Lady Bird on the Left is the 1779 fashion plate - PL 87

      Lady Bird on the Right is the 1776 fashion plate PL 8


      Again - Spectacular job Sim; I'm so glad you have been able to create such whimsical art using them.


  4. Hello,
    I added to my bookmarks, very interesting also!!!
    Many thanks!

    1. Hey Sylvie - There are so many great blogs and places on the internet that when I find an interesting resource I try to put links to them on my posts so others can check them out too.

      I know you must have an amazing collection of them since you're forte is historical fashion; so I'm glad I've been able to help you find a few more for your growing bookmark list.


  5. Dear Evelyn,

    I'm very touched by your lovely comments.
    And so happy you're not disapproving of...

    I've made few more with these heads that I like much!
    The second one was posted today.

    Thank you so much again & again!


    1. Hi again Sim - I think fashion heads on the bird bodies make fascinating art. I never would have thought of doing this and I look forward to seeing more of your art as you create them. These give new twist to the old term "lady birds"