Every now and again I come across something so fine, and so exemplary of is time, form and expressive capacity, that it deserves to be looked at in more detail than I can present on the facebook version of Attire's Mind. So, with that in mind I've decided to start doing what I will call One Shot. Occasionally I will One Shot a particular type of garment, or one that is just so flat out amazing and beautiful that I really just gotta share it.
For this first go around its going to be the robe a la francaise, which was without question the single most influential garment for women in the 18th century, and which has been referred to again and again since then by many designers; so that, even though its no longer worn in its original state, it still speaks.
The gown itself is also decorated with silver lace in a serpentine pattern worked in the flat. If the woman who ordered this gown had had the money to afford to use the lace ruffled, it would have trumpeted her supreme wealth immediately. But this lady probably had to content herself with the flat lace because of the crushing expense.
Back in the day, being sexy was a very different business.