But I digress. As I was viewing the paintings and artefacts I came accross The Pink Dress again. A little explanation: last year I made my first natural form gown based on this painting by Gustave Courtois:
|Anne-Marie Dagnan Bouveret, painted by Gustave Courtois 1880|
|Albert Edelfelt: A Parisienne Reading, 1880|
|Gunnar Berndtson: Yes - No, Pause in the Studio, 1879|
When I first found this painting, I thought that it showed Anne-Marie's dress (portrayed in the Courtois painting) from the back and in full length. But now I'd be inclined to think that this ^ dress, and the ones in the Edelfelt painting and the Berndtson painting following it are actually the same piece of clothing.
Of course there is no way of knowing if all these three dresses are actually the one and same dress, but there are some details that do point to that direction.
First, the collar. In Edelfelt and Berndtson paintings it's obvious, the dress is the same. I can't be so sure with the Dagnan-Bouveret painting, but it would seem so:
|The middle dress looks like it could have the same lapels as the other two. The collar ruffle is there, though.|
|The dress on the left is the Dagnan painting and it definitely has a prominent waistband piece. Since the other two dresses are the same and have the waistband, I'd be inclined to argue that all three are the same.|
|Albert Edelfelt: An Idyll (Antonia Bonjean & Gunnar Berndtson), 1878|
After taking such a good look at all these paintings and especially the dress I'm sort of half-heartedly planning another natural form gown, based on the pink dress. I don't know when I will have time to make it (March madness, so busy at the moment) and I'm not really sure about the colour but I like the shape and the froufrou of the dress and its connection to the Finnish artists.