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Colonial Era: Circa 1750-1795

'Sofia Magdalena' Dress - $39.95

This gorgeous ensemble includes a dress and a choker. They feature:

  • A stunning dress made of a pale yellow brocade woven with gold and white threads in a subtle floral pattern. The stomacher and petticoat are made of white satin, and the sleeves are edged with delicate lace engageantes. This dress is in the ‘robe a la Anglaise’ style
  • The stomacher is decorated with gold braid arranged in swirls, and the sleeves and dress are trimmed with wide gold braid
  • The choker is made of white ribbon, and the pendant is a glass pearl capped with gold filigree

This dress is shown with the ‘Colonial Undergarments’ Set, sold separately.

Who is Sofia Magdalena?

Sofia Magdalena was the Queen of Sweden, and the wife of King Gustav III of Sweden. Sofia was born in Denmark, and was betrothed to Gustav at the age of five. Sofia was given a very strict and moral upbringing, as her mother and grandmother were appalled at the moral disintegration of the Swedish court. In 1766, Sofia and Gustav were married by proxy in Copenhagen.

Sofia was initially well-liked by the Swedish court for her beauty, elegance, and skill in dancing. However, Sofia was a quiet and reserved lady which conflicted with the boisterous family of her husband. In 1762 Gustav was murdered, leaving Sofia as the Queen Dowager over their son, Gustav IV. She was relieved to retire from public court life, and was rarely seen afterwards. She was remembered as being an educated and intelligent, if shy, woman.

During the Colonial, or Georgian period, women’s fashion was mostly in three different styles. The ‘robe à la francaise’ was the French style, also known as a sacque-back. The ‘robe à la anglaise’ style is the English style, which is a simpler fitted bodice. This dress is in the ‘robe à la anglaise’ style, where the bodice is fitted in the back.

What are Engageantes?

‘Engageantes’ is French for ‘false sleeves’ or ‘flounces’ that were commonly worn during the Colonial period. Engageantes were typically made of lace or linen, and could be heavily embroidered. Several layers of flounces would be gathered and sewn to a fabric band. The band would then be tacked to the inside of a dress sleeve. Engageantes were made so that they could be easily removed from the dress to be cleaned, and were usually white in color.

A lady’s dress during the Colonial period did not close in the back or at the side. Instead, a dress would close in the front by attaching to a Stomacher, a stiffened, triangular piece of fabric. A dress would close with hooks, buttons, or by tying ribbons into bows.

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