Victorian Era - Elegant and gorgeous Dresses
"Chocolat classique" draws inspiration from the dresses of the Victorian era in 1850s England. During Queen Victoria's reign, Britain experienced economic growth and industrial advancement, ushering in diversity in women's fashion.
During this period, voluminous skirts were in vogue, and the introduction of the artificial cage crinoline gave rise to a significant domed silhouette. This emphasized the hips and created a slim waist effect, forming an hourglass-like shape when combined with a corset.
18th Century Rococo - Luxurious Robe à la française
The gathered design at the chest is inspired by the 18th-century Robe à la française from the Rococo era.
The "Robe à la française" was a typical women's garment of the Rococo period, consisting of a petticoat and a triangular-shaped stomacher at the chest. It was a dress that could be arranged in various styles by changing elements like embroidered and jewel-adorned stomachers, ribbons, lace, among others.
As a symbol of women adorned in the "Robe à la française," an influential figure of fashion was Madame de Pompadour, known as the mistress of Louis XV and depicted in portraits wearing the "Robe à la française" decorated with frills, ribbons, and silk flowers, portraying an extremely luxurious and splendid appearance.
Works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art