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Woven silk, by Anna Maria Garthwaite. London, England, 1742

Woven silk, by Anna Maria Garthwaite. London, England, 1742

Garthwaite's career as a silk designer is well documented, and many of her original designs, including that for this brocaded dress silk, are preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  The naturalistically rendered flowers are typical of her work, which epitomizes high quality English silk weaving of the 18th century

Garthwaite's career as a silk designer is well documented, and many of her original designs, including that for this brocaded dress silk, are preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The naturalistically rendered flowers are typical of her work, which epitomizes high quality English silk weaving of the 18th century

gown worn by Marie Antionette 1780        Gown worn in Marie Antoinette, 1780s    Yes, reblogging myself, ain’t that crazy?  But I was looking through my archives and noticed  (gorgeous) old posts just stood there sad and note-less and decided to give them some lovin’.

gown worn by Marie Antionette 1780 Gown worn in Marie Antoinette, 1780s Yes, reblogging myself, ain’t that crazy? But I was looking through my archives and noticed (gorgeous) old posts just stood there sad and note-less and decided to give them some lovin’.

fripperiesandfobs: “ Wedding dress of Elizabeth Monroe ca. 1786 From the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library on Pinterest ”

fripperiesandfobs: “ Wedding dress of Elizabeth Monroe ca. 1786 From the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library on Pinterest ”