Total Votes = 84
Robe à l'anglaise 40 (47%)
*Robe à la française 44 (52%)*
Looks like the tradition french court gown is only slightly more preferred than the practical English styled gown. Seems clear that we love both equally!
While on the subject of fashion, I wanted to share a description of a gown Mademoiselle Duthé wore one evening to the Opera in Paris, mind you she was always to be seen in remarkable fashion as she could afford it and didn't mind showing it off:
“...wearing a dress of withheld sighs (split with an underskirt), adorned with superfluous regrets (a gathered looped band of material), with, in the middle, some perfect naivety (knots of lace); it was garnished with indiscreet complaints (appliqué silk flowers) and ribbons of marked attention (wide bows); her shoes were hair-of the-Queen color (ash blonde), embroidered with diamonds in perfidious attack (a ray-like design) with the come-hithers (embroidery on the back of the heels) in emeralds."
Now isn't that a lovely vision? I happen to have a pair of shoes that have the come-hithers in silk (well maybe in cotton)! Can you imagine reading the fashion blogs of the 18th century?!
*I included the above picture to demonstrate emeralds in perfidious attack