modular toile de Jouy dress

Provence
€ 989,00 EUR

One of a kind modular dress that can be worn with or without the sleeves. Inspired by the dresses worn during the Romantic era in Provence and Paris. The fabric is a vintage Toile de Jouy in a beautiful off-white background and duck blue floral print. Button closure on the shoulders. Three thin ties fastening on the back. Double panelled skirt. Three-quarter puff sleeves. Overlocked seams.

- vintage cotton fabric printed in France and found in Limoges, France
- lined with antique French linen 
- hand smocked by memòri team in Marseille, France
- cut and sewn by L’Epinglerie workshop in Marseille, France
- size M

Julia is 1,71m (5ft 7’’) and wearing a size M

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modular toile de Jouy dress
modular toile de Jouy dress
modular toile de Jouy dress
modular toile de Jouy dress

modular toile de Jouy dress

Provence
€ 989,00 EUR

One of a kind modular dress that can be worn with or without the sleeves. Inspired by the dresses worn during the Romantic era in Provence and Paris. The fabric is a vintage Toile de Jouy in a beautiful off-white background and duck blue floral print. Button closure on the shoulders. Three thin ties fastening on the back. Double panelled skirt. Three-quarter puff sleeves. Overlocked seams.

- vintage cotton fabric printed in France and found in Limoges, France
- lined with antique French linen 
- hand smocked by memòri team in Marseille, France
- cut and sewn by L’Epinglerie workshop in Marseille, France
- size M

Julia is 1,71m (5ft 7’’) and wearing a size M

full description
sizing
handmade
care instructions

The savoir-faire

Provençal textiles

In the 17th century, Marseille became the entry point of fabrics coming from the Levant. It is thanks to this ‘open door to the Orient’, such a place of choice, that Provence was the first to discover the sumptuous colourful fabrics from the Orient, and adapted them to make typically Provencal art. Consequently, Marseille became the cradle of Indienne and piqué fabrics well before the first half of the 18th century.

Since the end of the 17th century, with the adoption of sewing and quilting techniques in Provence, and printed cotton fabrics with coloured motifs of seedlings, Provençal clothing traditions were established. At this time, the lifestyle of people of Provence radically changed, trading their woollen rags for airy colourful cotton clothing. 

Two different techniques of quilting were adopted in Provence. The implementation of piqué within the fabrication of quilted Indienne printed bedcovers was met with great success in the 18th and 19th centuries. Boutis, otherwise known as piqué de Marseille, as for it, is a very refined style of needlework particular of Marseille.

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