Monday, July 19, 2010
18th century gowns
I love the clothes of the 18th century. So, I thought I would share some of my favorites. These have aided me in the writing of my historicals, and if you are writing in the genre, then be sure to research the clothing of the era your story is set in.
Is this gown not beautiful? It is newly made for a wedding dress made of pale pink silk. If I was a young bride today, this is the dress I would want, even if it did cost me an arm and a leg. Go to the Rossetti website to view more images of this stunning gown. In US dollars it costs $4565. Close up shots really show the beauty and amazing craftsmanship of the embroidery and lace.
In the novel I am currently writing, Before the Scarlet Dawn, my heroine Eliza Morgan has stitched a beautiful gown and wears it to her first social gathering in the Colonies. It is July, and she knows all the ladies will no doubt be wearing calico and soft, pale cottons due to the heat. But when her husband's eyes glow with pleasure with her in it, she is convinced it is the right choice.
This gown also by Rossetti, is the perfect image of what I have in mind for Eliza.
How important is dress to you while reading a historical novel?
When writing, do you include brief descriptions of the clothing your characters are wearing?
What moments in a story are most important when it comes to including the gown your heroine is wearing, or the suit of clothes your hero has donned?
Posted by Rita Gerlach at 12:25 PM