Friday, March 11, 2011

Pre-Regency Jumper, Countess du Barry 1789

Apparently I have a regency jumper obsession. There aren't that many examples, but I'm finding them really interesting. Here is an example of what sure looks like a jumper, though the painting dates pretty early (1789). It is a Le Brun painting of the Countess du Barry, and I'm sure it is meant to be all artistic and drapey rather than really fashionable or a record of good every-day wear. On the other hand, if you think about the timing, fashions really were getting kind of relaxed and drapey and artistic. So interpret it as you will, but I think it is rather pretty, and it is interesting to wonder how common jumpers were and when.

1 comment:

  1. What a fabulous picture. I want to make a 'regency jumper' so I can switch i and out long and short sleeves. Been looking for examples. That is a very 'me' sort of outfit.