The English Gownd, worn in Europe from the 1770s to the end of the 18th-century, primarily inspired the LOUISE d'Épinay model in the Atelier Serraspina catalog. These models are very pragmatic evolutions of the 18th-century Robes à la Française, mainly worn by the ladies of the European courts.
An 18th-century dress for active women!
Unlike the Robe à la Française, these 18th-century English gowns are practical. Shorter, less voluminous, allows women to move with more ease and play a social function that is no longer limited to a simple decorative role.
The English gown is a dress intended for an active woman but does not entirely reject the coquetry. The seams of the fitted bust emphasize the thinness of the waist. A square neckline brings to the figure a touch of delicate femininity.
An 18th-century dress in just one piece
The generous volume of the skirt also remains a typical attribute of 18th-century dresses. But on the Louise d'Epinay model from Atelier Serraspina, this skirt comes in one piece, as its two sides are sewn to the front panel to the back panels of the dress.
In almond green linen
For this photoshoot, done in the spring of 2021 in my village of La Pobleta de Bellvehí, in the Catalan Pyrenees, I am wearing Louise's version in almond green linen. It is medium-weight linen (205gr/m) of a color that seduced me as soon as I received the fabric. It is a great novelty, as it is the first green model to enter the shop's catalog!