Sunday, April 15, 2012

Fancy French Fashions and Costumes from the 1770's

I love the fancy French ball gowns and elaborate fashions from the time of Marie Antoinette; so.
I thought I'd post an interesting mix of Court Dresses and Elaborate Theatrical Costumes today.

I've also created another of my digital artpieces, using my favorite fashion in this post; along with an assortment of colorized versions of this beautiful Court Dress depicting Marie Antoinette's close friend for your own crafting pleasure.

I hope you enjoy them all!

"Princess at the Palace" by EKDuncan 2012
The lady used for my artpiece is actually the Princess Marie Louise of Savoy;
devoted friend and confidant of Marie Antoinette. 
You can read a bit about her HERE.

I created a stately background for her using a photo from an Opera house in Europe and putting in an oriental carpet at her feet. Using some filters and textures in Photoshop allowed enough alteration to reduce the realistic look of both pieces so they blended in better with my subject. 
 The Princess appears in an EKD altered blue colored gown for this piece.

Elaborate French Fashions of the 1770's

1778 French Fashion Plate
This dress is listed as "Grande Robe de Ceremonie a Panie"
(Grand Ceremony Dress with Paniers) 

c1774 French Fashion Plate of the Queen of France
Marie Antoinette in Robe de Cour (Court Dress)
I previously posted about this fashion plate HERE 
(There are PNG's in various color combinations for this dress at that link)

1779 French Fashion Plate
This fashion plate depicts a Court Lady's Costume during the reign of Louis XVI  at the 
Queens Ball representing a character from a play called the Battle of Ivry of (1774-1776) 

(Sorry I don't know French so that's the best translation I can come up with for this plate.  I'm not sure if this is a theatrical costume or if it was what one of the court ladies wore to one of Marie's costume balls as if dressing up as one of the characters from that play.)

 Either way it's a very elaborate costume and fun to look at.

French Fashion Plate from 1779
 Depicting a "Barber of Seville" Theatrical Costume from 1775.
Since this fashion plate was produced in 1779 I'm not sure if it was showing a line of Theatrical Costumes, similar to the Opera Costumes I posted about HERE in my "Dancing Marie" series or if they were creative costume ideas for ladies who were looking to go to a fancy dress ball?

I'm sure the ladies of the day found them most entertaining either way.

1779 French Fashion Plate
This is a theatrical costume for a comedy that was popular at the time.
This dress is quite elaborate and in a similar style to match the fashions of the time.

When I look at this plate I can't help but think of that scene from the Carrol Burnett Show where she plays Scarlett in "Gone with the Wind" and rips the curtains off the window to make a dress. This red portion of the dress does look a bit like heavy velvet drapes, fringe, tassels and all - don't you think?

1774 French Fashion Plate
This fashion plate shows the Princess Marie Louise, friend and confident to 
Marie Antoinette in "Robe de Cour" aka Court Dress and is from 1774

This is the fashion plate I chose to use in my digital creation.
I removed the background and cleaned up the edges of the dress a bit to make my 
PNG image; then I made a collection of them in a variety of colors to play with.

These are the PNGs I created of this fashion plate.

EKDuncan PNG of the original color version

EKDuncan Blue Version

EKDuncan Green Version

EKDuncan Yellow Version

EKDuncan Rose Version

EKDuncan Purple Version

EKDuncan Silver Blue Version

EKDuncan Lilac Version

EKDuncan Silver Version

I just love all the pretty colors of this image - it looks like spring in full bloom


Here again is my finished  digital artpiece using the Blue altered version.

"Princess at the Palace" - Princess Marie Louise, devoted friend and confidant of Marie Antoinette
This digital scene can now be used as a "painting" in a different 
piece of digital artwork should the need arise.  I love art that does double duty!

I still have several more Marie Antoinette style fashions to post so

till next time...


  1. Ooooooh yes, I enjoy your splendid gifts Evelyn!
    I thank you very very much for all of them!
    May I put a link to your beautiful blog on mine please? I love it so much...
    Kisses from France. :)

    1. Hi Sim - You are so very welcome and I'm glad you are enjoying my "treasures". I love these vintage images and am so glad you do too.

      Yes, please feel free to link back to me. I even have a blog button you can grab toward the top of my blog if you want to use that too. (Just remember to copy all the code that appears under the button to make sure it works properly on your site.)

      I took a look at your blog and love what I've seen so far. I hope to get some time in the next few days to really check it out.

      Grins and Giggles,

  2. Thank you very much dear Evelyne!
    It's done!

    I'm not used to put buttons on my blog, because of the look I've choosen to give it... Do you mind?
    But your link is with those I like, at the end of pages.

    And... Do you mind if I use your treasures in a way a bit "sacrilegious"?

    I kiss you friendly!

    1. Hi again- Thanks for the link on your site Sim. I'm new to blog buttons myself and just wanted to give you the option in case you had not tried using one before. (giggles)

      Being an artist myself, I'm not one to challenge another's muse, so please feel free to create whatever art you are inspired to create. I think we all travel to the "dark side" from time to time and it can produce some stunning and thought provoking art.

      Please leave a comment and link when you're done with your artpiece, I'd love to see what create.


  3. Oki Dear Evelyn!
    I thank you very much!
    You're such a sweet heart! :)

    1. Hi again Sim - You are more than welcome and I look forward to seeing what you create. Please remember to come back to the blog posts for any EKDuncan images you use and leave a comment with a link so others can see your work too.

      I'm a detail person; so when I browse other artists blogs I love to see where they get their "raw" images from. Please feel free to credit my blog/post on your projects where any of my EKDuncan images are used, so other artists can have access to them too.


  4. Oh, by the way (sorry), I've already done some 'démembrements' with the articulated dolls. If you would like to see them, they are in the 'libellés' at the same name. Would you mind say to me what do you think of them if you come & have a look? :)

    1. How very cool Sim! I loved the dolls you created at using some of the antique ballerina doll parts I posted. You are a talented lady and artist.

      For the Curious
      These doll parts can be found by going to.
      There are a total of 13 posts showing and using these wonderful L&B Articulated dolls from the 1880's. I'm a lucky girl to have them in my collection and hope others create fun art with them like Sin did on her blog post at

      I hope others take a look at your whimsical creations. I enjoyed seeing the entire collection of your 'démembrements' and hope you will be making more to add to them. They are just too fun!

      Grins and Giggles,

  5. very pretty I like them

    1. Thanks Anonymous -- I'm glad you like them. I think they are pretty too; especially the Princess - She reminds me of those lavish Russian Easter Eggs by Fabrege.


  6. Hello,
    She looks like a noble lady. It should not be so easy to get big and long staircases with such dresses, it would take a lot of practice to do so. I love the pink dress.
    Many thanks!!!

    1. Bonjour Sylvie,

      Yes, it would take a lot of practice maneuvering in those dresses but then again it would give a lady cause to lean on her handsome escort all the more when it was time to take the stairs. Wink, wink.


  7. Hello Evelyn! Your works are so lovely! Thank you for sharing them! I am beginning work on an independent film about Marquise de Pompadour. I wonder if you would be okay with me printing out some of your dolls (above), cutting them out, and giving them to our investors as a thank you? I would of course credit your work appropriately. I have a great deal of respect for your passion for this era and meticulous attention to detail, I want to be sure it is okay with you. Thanks in advance for your beauty!! Olivia Rosewood

    1. Hi Olivia.

      Thank you for the kind complements about my work.
      Yes, please feel free to use the images as you have requested.
      I appreciate being given credit on the EKDuncan images.
      They require a lot of time and effort so my muse appreciates acknowledgement when it's offered.

      Best Wishes on a successful film project, it sounds very interesting.


  8. Thanks so much for your blessing, Evelyn! Will most certainly credit your work. When we are finished with our project we will share it on our youtube channel here:

    I will be sure to send you a code so that you can see it for free when it is ready. It will be of some interest to fans of the film "Titanic", as that is where I met my fellow actors who collaborate with me on this project (many years ago now).

    Thanks again! And thank you for your beautiful and delightful works!

    1. How wonderful Olivia - I'm looking forward to it and thanks again for letting me know you enjoy my work.

      When the time comes, feel free to use the "email me" button towards the top of the page to send me any information that you don't want posted here in the public comments section.