Costume Guidelines

Here are some inspiration images to get your creative juices flowing! Obviously, for the Francaise Dinner, a francaise gown is a great choice, but it is not required. There are also a variety of beautiful styles that appeared in the second half of the 18th century. Remember, 1750-1800 period costumes are required for this event. Period-appropriate evening and formal attire is appreciated, but not required. Neither is full historical accuracy: there will be ladies in silk taffeta, and in cotton, and in polyester, sometimes all in the same outfit.  The goal is to create a particular mood and have fun doing so, not to recreate an exact historical event.

**A note on changing space: Gadsby's Tavern is a historic structure, and thus only has a small basement restroom available to their diners. As we are only occupying part of the tavern that evening, we would ask people not to change on site. We do not wish to inconvenience the restaurant nor its other patron. This is a fabulous venue for hosting a costumed event, and we would very much like everyone to have a great time, while still respecting the needs of the restaurant and of its other visitors.

Robe a la Anglaise, Unknown, circa 1770's, Private Collection

Robe a la Francaise, England, circa 1765, LACMA

Robe a la Francaise, England, circa 1750s, Royal Ontario Museum

Robe a la Francaise, France, circa 1770, Colonial Williamsburg

Robe a la Francaise, circa 1755-1760, Palais Galliera

Cotton Robe a la Francaise, France, late 18th century, MFA

Two-Piece Gown, 1770s, Whitaker Auctions

Wedding Gown, American, 1763, MFA

Robe a la Anglaise Worn Looped Up, American, 1776-1780, American History Museum

Robe a la Anglaise with Compères Front, England, circa 1780, KCI

Cotton Robe a la Anglaise, American, 1785-1795, Metropolitan Museum

Chemise a la Reine, 1787, Musée de la Toile de Jouy

Round Gown, France or England, 1785-1790, LACMA

Open Robe, American, 1790s, MFA