On My Inspiration Board: Scarlet Red Gowns

red gown cover

In planning out February’s post, I was debating over what color to feature for the month’s Inspiration Board.  I debated between various hues of colors, one of them being red.  But I thought to myself, “isn’t red a little too cliche for February?”  “Doesn’t every one do something with red?”  Well, of course they do.  But then I realized that I don’t.  In fact, I don’t believe I have ever sewed anything that was red.  A shocking discovery that I hope to remedy in the future, and has confirmed in the mind the absolute necessity of featuring red for this month!

I was delighted to find so many wonderful examples of gowns in that bright hue of  scarlet that it was difficult to choose ones to feature here.  I was also excited to find so many beautiful portraits of women wearing this bold color.  Here is one from the Regency Era…


1815 Adèle Romany – Portrait of Aglaé-Constance.

…and another from the 1840’s…


Louise d’Orléans, Queen of Belgium (1812-1850), painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter in ca. 1841

Red was also a top choice for Hollywood directors to place on their sirens.  This glittering example was worn by Joan Crawford in 1937’s The Bride Wore Red.



So with these wonderful examples and without much further ado, I present this month’s unique (for me) board of Scarlet Red Gowns….

Red gowns

To see many, many more, please visit my Pinterest Page!

Happy Friday!


Cover Photo: Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg: Porträt von Louise Christiane Fugl, 1825

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