A week ago I finally got the chance to drop by the current fashion exhibition in the Gemeentemuseum in the Hangue. Named ‘Femmes Fatales’, it’s a tribute to female fashion designers. It was a lovely exhibition, with some beautiful pieces by both early 19th century (Chanel, Lanvin, etc) and 20th century female designers.
However, I spent most time in the first room, which was dedicated to the 18th century female dressmakers, the marchandes de modes. There was a whole range of beautiful dresses on display, so I took the opportunity to take some pictures!
The descriptions are the originals as provided by the museum.
Mantua, ca. 1760-65, Silk, Linen
Robe A l’Anglaise, ca. 1780-1785. Silk, cotton
Robe A la Francaise, ca 1790-1794, Silk
Robe a L’Anglaise, ca. 1765-1770, Silk, Linen
Robe A la Francaise, ca 1775-1785 Silk, linen, whalebone
Over dress and skirt, (altered, skirt originally ca 1740-1760). Ca. 1780-1790, silk, linen, metal.
Robe A L’Anglaise (altered). ca 1775-1799, Silk, linen, cotton
Girl’s gown. Ca. 1770-1775, Silk, linen, whalebone
Robe A la Franciaise (missing part replaced during conservation). Ca 1740-1760, Silk, linen
Robe A L’anglaise, ca 1790-1794, silk, linen
Robe A l’Anglaise (altered in 1930), ca. 1775-1780, silk, linen
Robe a la Francaise, ca. 1780-1795, silk