Monday, June 18, 2012

Museum Exhibition: Panniers, Stays and Jabots

I was lucky enough to be in Brussels this weekend, and even luckier still that their costume museum happened to be holding an exhibition on 18th-century clothing called, Panniers, Stays, and Jabots.  I was even luckier still when they told me I could take pictures (without flash, of course).  This naturally meant I went crazy taking as many pictures as I could for your viewing pleasure.  The quality isn't amazing but the clothing and their condition certainly is!



Just check out that gorgeous bow on the back!

Sparkly-edge sleeves

A purse, a familiar face, and a fan

The detail on some of the gentleman's clothing was fantastic

Polonaise

I had to wonder if the edging was original because of its pristine condition

Late 18th C shoes

Embroidered flower detail on the heel

These would slip on a delicate pair of heels to avoid muddying them

Perhaps my favorite garment in the show

A calash bonnet- a rare sight!



Ivory fan

I would buy a blouse like this now!

The back of said favorite dress





These fans needed labels so badly! A fan made entirely of feathers

Ostrich feather fan- again I need a date of origin so badly!



14 comments:

  1. Spectacular! I'm pleased to see these are so well-preserved. Thank you for the great photos! Although I can't say I really envy the women who wore those clothes...

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  2. I live near Brussels and I still haven't visited the exhibition! I'm going to after my exams though. There is also a very nice exhibition at the Fashion Museum in Antwerp right now.

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  3. Are those lace mantillas in the last few photos? Beautiful! Thank you so much-- I wish I could see it all in person!

    ~Lylassandra

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  4. Gorgeous! Do you know what they used for the sparkles?

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  5. I could swear I've seen the double of that first fan! So familiar.

    Generally, I've found that fans with feathers don't tend to be made before the 1850s, so I wonder if those two feathery ones might not be later.

    It's also my experience that fly fringe can stay in *amazing* condition, so I wouldn't be surprised if it were original!

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  6. @Tasha, I don't! It looked like our modern plastic material, I had never seen anything like it. But I should see my fashion-based colleague later so I will ask and see if she knows

    @Cassidy, That's what I was thinking too, especially with the peacock fan which certainly seems 19th century.
    I think some of the fridges were in better condition than some of my clothes!!

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  7. @Tasha, if sparkles are the same as spangles or the modern sequins, they were made of gold or silver, beaten very thin and then struck on a hollow stake. Maybe other metals were used in lower quality work.

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  8. Wow, they are exquisite. My favourite has to be the shoes with the embroidery on the heels. How lovely.

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  9. What a gorgeous exhibit. Wish I could visit it.

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  10. This white blouse is divine as everything else.

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  11. I loved everything except for the weird hat that looked like a pop up convertible. Wheee!

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  12. Is that ruffley blouse a riding habit shirt?! I've only seen 19thc. examples of those, but we know they existed!

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  13. I'm not sure, their description didn't say. I'm sure it could be though!

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