So, I didn't want to get rid of the Francaise back to my gown since it was the first time I had ever made a Robe a la Francaise, and I was damned proud of it at the time, so I was having a bit of trouble figure out how to Burton the dress. I had done a few sketches, but the print on the fabric is sooo dense it made any sort of trimming look weird. I kept going back to the Sleepy Hollow dress I referenced earlier, and then I remembered this painting:
Boucher, "La Toilette" 1742Justification! So, guess what I'm doing to my gown now?
That painting had always stuck in my mind, but since they ladies in it were in the process of dressing, I wasn't sure if the polonaised Francaise was just because they were getting ready, or if gowns were actually worn in that style. So, I started digging, and I found this:
Robe à la Francaise dressed à la Polonaise
The Mint Museum
Huzzah! An extant example! Then, I found another one!
Robe à la Polonaise
Robe retroussée dans les poches, 1780s.
Also, doesn't that last gown remind you somewhat of the black and white polonaise from the end of Sleepy Hollow? I wonder if it was inspiration for the film gown.