1787 Comtesse de Selve by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (private collection)

Elisabeth-Louise Vigee-Lebrun had a competitor, Adelaide Labille-Guiard who produced this portrait of the Countess Selve in 1787. T minus 2 - and counting.

1787 Comtesse de Selve by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (private collection)

French fashion took off in a somewhat different direction in the pre-Revolutionary 1780s with big hats, or in this case, turbans, covering big frizzy or curly 'dos and scoop or vee neckline accented with frills, scarfs, etc. But skirts were still full and floor length and some display of wealth, such as the Countess' pearl earrings, was still acceptable. The Countess wears a sheath dress with a natural round waistline.

Keywords:  1787, Labille-Guiard, Countess, French, bouffant frizzy coiffure, feathered turban, ruff, jacket, collar, laced bodice, long close sleeves, engageantes, earrings


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