My computer is fixed now so we can try another post. So how about a post about some very old shoes at the Costume Museum of Canada.
A few weekends ago, Shirley and I were helping out at the Canadian Costume Museum. Shirley stumbled on a pre Victorian gem. We didn’t have time to take it out of the box so I will show you a photo from the web site. Half way down from the link, you will see the photos of the dress on a mannequin.
But, what girl doesn’t. In my earlier tour of our local museum they had two uniforms on display. I wondered which one would have turned my head if I lived then. Would it have been the Soldier of the Post of the Western Sea?
Or would it have been the soldier from the Compagnies Franches de la Marine?
I guess if it was purely based on looks I’d have to say, “Oui, oui” to the Franches de la Marine uniform. If it were based on politics, I’d guess, in those days, it would depend on who my father said I liked.
We are almost into the era of my real passion….just a few more of the older ones as a prelude. This dress is a robe a la polonaise from 1780. There is only the one photo so not too much visual information to go on.
I am really hooked on the embroidery on this little number! I would make this if I could have this exact fabric!
I know my “must haves” thus far have not been Victorian but, even someone who wants to be Victorian can appreciate the “go big or go home and eat cake” style of the 1700s.
Todays dress is, of course, from the Met.
I also wish the stomacher was not missing. May be it could have had something like this one….
Side view of the dress.
But it is the fabric and details that make me want this dress…and I wouldn’t change a thing about it!