Tuesday, April 10, 2012

c1774 French Fashion Plate in the Style of Marie Antoinette

I've taken one of my favorite 1770's French fashion plates and converted her into a PNG image that now allows me to use her digitally in a variety of projects.  I really like this particular image since it truly has that over the top Marie Antoinette look; with the big powdered hair, wide pannier skirts and all those ribbons and lace. Ooh La La.

This post also includes several more French fashion plates from the late 18th Century as well as a variety of PNG images of this Ball Dress in several color combinations.


High Style during the time of Maire Antoinette - digital art by EKDuncan
I created this digital scene in Photshop using a vintage 1774 French fashion plate, 
an altered 1809 curtain from Ackermann's Repository, a photograph of an oriental 
carpet and a damask patterned background I'm using as wallpaper fro the scene.
I also scanned in a fun frame so I could use it digitally to finish off my artwork.

Here are some other Extravagant French Fashion Plates 
from the 1770's and 1780's

1776 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. 

1779 French Fashion Plate
"Un Grand Domino"
A Domino was a large hooded cloak worn with an eye masque.
This allowed a person's identity to remain private and were often worn to 
masquerades or any place a lady would not wish to be recognized.

1787 French Fashion Plate
"Grande Robe a la Sultane" - in the style of a Sultan
The bodice has a closed front. The skirt is drapped and tucked 
with knots and tassels. The headpiece is in a turban style

c1774 French Fashion Plate
This plate depicts  Princess Marie Therese de Savoy  dressed in a
"Robe de Cour"  - in Court Dress

c1774 French Fashion Plate
"Jeune Dame de Qualité en grande Robe coëffée"
A Young Lady of Quality in a Grand Gown 

This last fashion plate is the one I used to create my PNG;
 which I then used in my digital artscene.  I removed the background items to first create the PNG, then I had some fun changing the colors in Photoshop so that I had several choices to use later on.

Here are the PNGs for this image

This is the PNG in the original color combination

Periwinkle Version - I used this version in my artwork

Violet Version

Green Version

Turquoise Version

Gold Version

Silver Version

Here again is another look at the digital artpiece I created using 
the periwinkle version of this fun fashion plate.
My artscene using the 1774 fashion PNG in the new color

I hope you are inspired to create some fun art of your own 
using some of these vintage fashion plate images.

till next time...


  1. SUch a fine collage again, really beautiful!!

    1. Thanks so much Ira,

      I'm glad you are enjoying the artwork.

      Sometimes I have more time to work on artwork and other times not so much. This past week I had some extra time and thought it would be fun to create new artwork to showcase some of the pretty ladies from these vintage fashion plates I've been posting.

      I've got a few more posts on vintage fashion plates from the time of "Marie Antoinette" still to come so please keep checking back.


  2. Thank you Evelyn! These are simply gorgeous and I love your color combinations. You are so sweet to share and I so appreciate it!!
    Terri D.

    1. Hi Terri - You are so very welcome.

      Thanks for letting me know you enjoy the images.
      Kind comments like yours inspire me to post more fun stuff.
      I'll do my best to keep them coming.


  3. Hello,
    I love the 3D frame!!!
    The dress of PNG image is my favorite!!!
    It's sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo gorgeous!!!!
    Many many many thanks!!!!

    1. I'm so glad you continue to enjoy the images Sylvie.

      I have to agree that the PNG dress is my favorite too since it looks so very Marie Antoinette. I also like the yellow Domino since it is not often you see a fashion plate of one. I thought that was a great find and had to show it.

      I'm working a new project using that same frame so when I post it, I'll include a PNG of the frame so everyone will have that to.
      (I could not resist using it with all these French fashions, since it has a Fleur-de-lis pattern on it.)

      Cheers till next time,