It’s All in the Stomacher

12 Jan

One of my favorite parts about historic fashion is the attention to details.  Many of the items that have survived to today are pieces that were treasured, saved in the closet and passed down through generations because they were so intricate and beautiful.

One of the tiniest and most exquisite examples of this is the stomacher.  Worn predominantly from the 16th through the 18th centuries, the stomacher is an embellished, triangular or U-shaped scrap of cloth worn… wait for it… over your stomach.

But the stomacher is so much more than that.  It is really the centerpiece of the gown, if you discount the girls.  It’s sole purpose is to be decorative.  And since it is removable, you can fashion a new stomacher to make the dress completely new.

Here are a few different styles and forms.  Note the details!

And finally, the lady who made ribbon bows an extremely popular design – Madame de Pompadour.

I mean, you can’t talk about Rococo France without at least mentioning Mme de Pompadour.

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