Regency dress with bonnet

of the Duchess Luise

Period: 1806

This Regency dress was commissioned by the St. Wendel Museum for an exhibition on the life of Duchess Luise, the mother of the future King Albert.

Luise regularly read the ‘Almanach des modes’, so it was only natural to choose a dress from this magazine as a model. Typical of early Regency fashion is the edge with tabs on the high bodice and the puffed upper sleeve with silk strips and lace over the narrow lower sleeve.
The lightness of the colour combination of pink and white also corresponds to the fashion of the early 19th century. A rose-coloured silk was therefore chosen as the material.
A straw bonnet decorated with ribbons and flowers was made to match the pattern.

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