1770s Sultana (Turkish Posing Gown)

Hester Thrale by Joshua Reynolds | Wikimedia Commons

The Concept

A 1770s posing gown, based on Ottoman clothing but interpreted through European eyes, specifically inspired by the painting of Hester Thrale.

The Fabric & Trim

Ivory and gold silk sari, plus red silk organza with a gold stripe for the sash.

The Pattern

Draped/drafted by me.

The Construction

A combination of hand sewn, 18th century techniques and modern machine sewing.


Ribeiro, Aileen. Dress in Eighteenth-Century Europe, 1715-1789. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.

Scarce, Jennifer M. Women’s Costume of the Near and Middle East. London/New York:  RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.

Photo by Andrew Shotwell

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