In another room at Kensington Palace, two beautiful 18th century dresses were on display. Today I'm sharing the first one -- my favorite.
I LOVE this dress. Oh my gosh.
It is made up of such interesting fabric. So often we see heavy silk brocades, embellished with goldwork, but this light, airy dress is not only the sole robe a la francaise I have ever seen made up of sheer, musliny cotton, but also sheer cotton that has been heavily embroidered in metal. The silver and gold "thread" is flat, thin strips, which are very, very much like christmas tinsel to look at.
The cotton is so sheer, you can see through the layers to the embroidery beneath. Very evident in the top photo.
The only other dress I can compare it to is this robe a l'angliase from the Met.