The Countess is wearing a modified robe à la polonaise, a "Dolly Varden" dress, with a pair of pouffs behind and just an apron in front (a real polonaise was a trilobite with three symmetrically placed pouffs) while a robe à la circassienne had one lobe to the back. A Dolly Varden dress was an 1869-1870s re-creation of the robe à la circassienne or robe à la polonaise. According to Wikipedia, "Dolly Varden is a character from Charles Dickens's 1839 historical novel Barnaby Rudge set in 1780."
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Jan 23, 2012 10:13 PM
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