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18th Century Costumes at the Legion of Honor

Yesterday I saw the “Casanova, The Seduction of Europe” exhibit with the Greater Bay Area Costumer’s Guild at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. It was full of incredible artwork, and even antique garments on display. I highly recommend it! I spent the last few weeks working on a new outfit to attend the exhibit instead of blogging about it, but it I will post more about the construction details once I get the last bit of trim on (which did not arrive in time). I wore my new mauve silk Italian gown pinned shut, as is historically correct, but will be changing it to a hook-eye-and opening. (I was paranoid about marking up the silk so I wore it a bit loose).

Many of the photos in this post are used courtesy of John Carey Photographic Imagery. Thanks John!

I love how this photo reminds me of candlelight!


Photo by John Carey

This one is outside the museum.


Photo by John Carey

Here’s a few full-body shots from my phone:IMG_6848IMG_6850

My shoes are 18th century black wool Dunmores from American Duchess (affiliate link) and the earrings and necklace are from In the Long Run Designs. My fan is an antique. IMG_6852

There was much gossip and court intrigue with my fellow Taffeta Sisters, Kelsey and Natalie.IMG_6955

Some of it was of a highly shocking nature!IMG_6868

There were many gorgeous costumes in attendance.


Photo by John Carey


Photo by John Carey


Photo by John Carey


Photo by John Carey


There was unavoidable 18th century rump shaking.


Plus other silly shenanigans.



We enjoyed the stunning artwork, costumes, and artifacts on display.IMG_6814.JPGIMG_6829IMG_6805

I felt quite at home with the paintings. =) Many more photos have been uploaded to my Flickr account so please take a look!


Photo by John Carey


12 responses »

  1. Love that greyed-rose color of your gown. Very subtle and soft. Looks like a wonderful exhibit–the only reason I would go down to the Bay Area again!! great photos!

  2. Oh my goodness, that last photo is lovely!

  3. Love all the photos, and your new costume!

  4. BEAUTIFUL!! I love your choice of color. This looks like such fun!!

  5. You have the whole look down and it is awesome that it was captured by a skilled photographer. So good! The color reminds me of the Admiral’s dress…

    • I had excellent hair help, and a great photographer who was patient about finding good light. I’m so glad everything came together that day! Yes, when I was making this I was also thinking about my Holdo project!


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