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. However, there are also a variety of other 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.

**A note on changing space: O'Brien's Steakhouse Restaurant is located in a historic structure, and thus only has a small 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