The Sundance Channel has been running Marie Antoinette a lot lately. Milena Canonero designed the AMAZING costumes, which although not entirely authentic, were delightful to behold. After making three Regency outfits, I think it's time to return to the 18th century and make myself a robe a l'anglais or a robe a la reine so that I can have an outfit for the Sleepy Hollow ball. I have a pair of Kenneth Cole shoes from about 1995 that are perfect - a silk dupioni in black with the Louis heel and raised vamp. The only catch is that I'd like a light gown, and that style is long discontinued. Quite frankly I can't afford to pay $300 for a pair of Peter Fox shoes.
Thanks to other costumers on the web, there's a solution. American Duchess is releasing another run of their authentic 18th century shoes - much more authentic than the Kenneth Cole version.
American Duchess is taking pre-orders for the shoes now... http://www.american-duchess.com/ Only $100, which is REALLY inexpensive for an authentic, limited edition run of shoes. So if anyone else is interested in picking up a pair of these lovelies - in SILK no less - hurry, because pre-orders end on August 10th for October delivery.
And just in case you'd like inspiration for dresses to go with the shoes...