18th Century Court Ensembles Project

IMPORTANT NOTE! Most of us who stuck through this project completed our ensembles in 2014 and 2015. Therefore, I’m not going to add anyone else to this page. There is a Facebook group for this project, and a few people are still planning their dresses, so you may want to join there if you’d like to play along!

Want an over-the-top, crazy/huge/fabulous 18th century ensemble?  Who doesn’t!  Well, I’m making one for the Costume College 2014 2015 gala, and you’re invited to join me!

How It Worked

Make a court ensemble — men’s or women’s, doesn’t matter — from any country, from any period of the 18th century.  It can be historically accurate or complete fantasy, you decide!

Want to Play?

Make an 18th century court ensemble!  The deadline is Costume College 2014 2015, but you don’t need to attend Costume College to play!  Just post photos and information on your outfit on your blog, Facebook, Flickr, wherever by then!  I’ll do a round-up post on all the finished outfits, and also let people know if you’re blogging about your project as you go.

If you’re coming to Costume College 2014 2015, then it’s court dresses for the Gala, baby!

To make sure we don’t end up duplicating each other, send me an email if you’d like to stake a claim to a particular outfit, whether it be extant or in a painting/fashion plate/whatever.

Participants & Claimed Outfits


I’ll be blogging about 18th century French court dress over the coming year.  In addition, check out:

Fastes de cour et ceremonies royales (French Edition)
The Cut of Women’s Clothes: 1600-1930
Dressed to Rule: Royal and Court Costume from Louis XIV to Elizabeth II
Magnificence of the Tsars: Ceremonial Men’s Dress of the Imperial Russian Court 1721-1917
Court dress collection: Kensington Palace
Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution
Mrs. Delany and Her Circle (Yale Center for British Art)

Participating Bloggers



  • Reply Elizabeth October 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I’d like to lay claim on this bad boy: http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3575/3792810418_5c960c891d_o.jpg

  • Reply Aylwen October 25, 2013 at 4:47 am

    I’ve claimed this one at http://aylwen.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/18th-century-court-ensembles-project.html but am not sure if anyone else has because there are so many links now. I want to do one like this one http://demodecouture.com/?attachment_id=7212 but haven’t been able to find one that hasn’t been claimed.

  • Reply Sassy Countess November 29, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Hello, I would like to try as well. I have sent you an email, and am hoping that you receive it.

    I’m not sure where I got it. So, I’ve uploaded the image onto my blog. It is the first photo on the right.


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    Sorry, I have changed the gown I am making to one I’ve seen in Leeds, UK. I have just posted at http://aylwen.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/18th-century-court-gown-work-in-progress.html with the details.

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  • Reply Rebecca April 23, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Hi Kendra,
    I’d like to join the group for CosCol! I’m not making an exact gown, but it is very close to a blue and pink version of this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/366410119654618164/

  • Reply Elocinhope May 20, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Hi Kendra,
    I sent you an email, but just to say it in the comments as well, I plan on doing this gown for the gala: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/414260865696080917/

  • Reply Caitlin March 8, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I would love to see all the finished dresses compiled into one place! Does that place happen to exist?

    • Reply kendra March 9, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Not yet, but you’re right, we need that! I’ll start getting organized for a way to do that.

      • Reply Rebecca Olds August 7, 2019 at 3:30 am

        Did that happen? I’d love to see it!

  • Reply SaharaZara June 23, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Hi Kendra – I’m on the list as a blogger from way back in the beginning, but my dress isn’t pictured in the claimed list. It is this one: https://www.pinterest.com/saharazaram/18th-century-court-gown/

    • Reply kendra June 23, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Sorry about that, I’ll add you right now!

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  • Reply Luisa September 28, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Hi Kendra!
    Can I participate in “18TH CENTURY COURT ENSEMBLES PROJECT”?
    I do not have a blog and I work a my personal interpretation to this dress ( I now is in the list, but I try in any case):

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