The Little White Dress

There is so much good costume research being done out there!  If you haven’t yet noticed Sarah Lorraine of Mode Historique‘s month-long blog series about the chemise à la reine, fret not: April has just begun.  Every day this month, Sarah will post some a bit of her research on the chemise dress, which makes up her thesis in fulfillment of an MA in Art History.  Just when you think the field of costume history is tapped out, Sarah supports a new theory on its origins.  So far, I’ve especially enjoyed her posts on the chemise à la reine‘s connection to Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun and Madame Du Barry.  Sarah is also raising funds through an Indiegogo campaign to get to Manchester to study the only extant chemise dress dating to the 1780s.  If you feel so inclined to help out a talented researcher, please do consider paying a visit!

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