Way before The Duchess movie came out, I read the book and became just obsessed with the whole 1784 election and The Duchess of Devonshire's part in it. I loved that there were women out there shocking the stuffy fuddy-duddies and canvassing, and that fashion and color played an important part of that. So for years now I've wanted to make a Buff and Blue Georgiana ensemble. And I'm finally doing it!
I'm hoping to split the difference on the movie and what she really might have worn. So I've been doing a ton of research, mostly pouring over political cartoons of her and Fox. And I think I may do a longer post on possible Georgiana fashions in 1784 (Possible because they ARE satires of her and in some cases she's wearing things she obviously would NOT have actually worn. But some fashions do show up repeatedly which gives them a little more plausibility...)
It's not a style I know much about or felt much confidence in making. But after pouring over the blog entries on 18th C riding habits by Before the Automobile,
I've nearly finished the habit shirt, which I made based on the article by Reconstructing history mixed with a man's shirt pattern in Fitting and Proper. And I've drafted a killer waistcoat pattern ollowing