The William Morris
& Dance Costume
16th and 17th Century
18th and 19th Century
| Couture Historical Bridal Gowns
with Celtic embellishment
A version of the Rossetti gown "Treasure" for a Quaker wedding.|
The Restoration-style, 1660's gown consisted of a shot purple/green silk corseted bodice (authentic period cut cut), worn over golden/orange shot silk petticoats. The cartridge-pleated overskirt was lined with plain green, echoing the green glow of the silk. the Irish colours were higlighted again in the celtic bodice embroidery/ appliqué, outlined in silver.
It helps to be reasonably tall (5' 4" minimum?) to carry off a gown of this styling. The sleeves and skirts of the Charles II period are large, but this does serve to make a waist appear tiny.
This style of Restoration dress is very easy to wear. The entire gown consists of one large (but light) petticoat, an underskirt (the orange silk), then the purple/green silk gown itself. The bodice itself is boned, so that there is no need for a seperate corset. This is authentic to the period. See also "Treasure" in this category, for an entire gown in the orange/red shot silk - "Treasure" is laced at the front.
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