18th Century Costume Archives: Sophie Myles as Madame de Pompadour

From “The Girl in the Fireplace” on Doctor Who.

Interestingly, this sack-back gown was worn by Helen Mirren in The Madness of King George, Jodhi May in the Aristocrats, and by extras in Brotherhood of the Wolf and The Affair of the Necklace.  It has long engageantes (false ruffled sleeves) and in this incarnation, three brooches down the stomacher’s center. 

I’ve decided it might be fun to post a regular series of women’s period piece costumes and gowns, maybe throw a few men’s articles in, too, if the suit proves interesting.  I’m thinking Wednesdays and Saturdays, a short snippet of pertinent costume information with a picture.   Tell me if you have any suggestions!

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