Black is the colour.
Black is my favourite colour and I had never made a post about it in the blog (shame on me!). One of the most expensive colours to accomplish back in the day (several dyes were required and done wrong could damage the fabric) and THE go colour for the Spanish court.
In taffeta, velvet or wool, black is an always YES colour for the mid to upper classes, of course also for court, since the colour itself was pretty enough to send a message (you know, the always old message “I can afford it” is always on fashion).
Images from top:
- Jamie Dornan and Kirsten Dunst as Count Axel Fersen and Marie Antoinette in “Marie Antoinette”, 2006, Director Sofia Coppola, Costume Design Milena Canonero.
- “Susanna Highmore”, ca. 1740-1745, Joseph Highmore.
- Black Brunswick, 2014, by Maija the seamstress.
- Black silk suit, mid 18th century, Great Britain, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- “Mr and Mrs William Hallett (“The Morning Walk”)”, 1785, Thomas Gainsborough.
- “Miss Mary Hickey”, 1770, Sir Joshua Reynolds.
- Mourning dress, 1781, Cahier des Costumes Français.
- “Charlotte, Lady Milnes”, 1788-92, George Romney.
- Man’s embroidered silk velvet court suit, probably English, about 1790-1810, Sudley House, Liverpool.
- Masquerade outfit, 2013, by Merja Palkivaara.