Such a pretty Marie Antoinette inspired dress….layers of shell-pink silk organza and gossamer tulle, embroidered with a delicate tracery of coral branches and sea anemones (or twining stems of flowers, depending on how you look at it)
This delicious couture gown is light as a feather, in spite of its many exquisite layers…..it appears almost translucent, but modesty is preserved with a lining of peachy nude silk habutai, and a little corded lace insert in that plunging illusion tulle neckline.
Ankle length full skirts have many layers of champagne and peach net to give a slightly panniered silhouette. This is reminiscent of that delicious 18th Century style of dress so beloved of Marie Antoinette. I can just imagine her playing shepherdess in this gown at her ‘Hameau de la Reine’ (The Queen’s hamlet), her rustic retreat in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles.
Pale gold silken embroidery frames the neckline and edges the hem of the tulle layer. A delicate hand shell-tucked binding finishes the translucent organza layers.
Silk covered buttons and rouleau loops add extra detail at the back. Little gathered sleeves cap the shoulders with a trio of hand shaded silk ribbon-work roses embellishing each sleeve.
Hand died silk ribbon is used to form ribbon-work roses and trailing streamers. These, together with a shaded coral silk flower, make up an artless rustic corsage at the hip…..
Coraline; a rose sherbert Marie Antoinette inspired dress fit for a Dresden shepherdess
If you love these mouthwatering shades of rose and peach, and the lovely tulle embroidery, but prefer something full length then hop over and check out the Fragonard and Corallium gowns in the links below;
If you like this style of dress but prefer a more dramatic colourway, then the Roksana gown may be just what you are looking for….