|ABOUT THE DRESS
The gown is typical of the "robe a la francaise" worn in the 3rd quarter 18th C.
An underskirt of patterned ivory net over mauve and rose paisley, trimmed at the hem with embroidered lace and fine net swags, accented by rose silk bows and tassels. The fitted bodice and over skirt are of rose silk. The skirt is trimmed with ruched figures and silk bows. The bodice neckline and stomacher are edged with tiny ruched rose silk and silk bows. The back "robe" is pleated rose silk, lined in the paisley. Her pagoda sleeves are silk and fine net, edged with tiny ivory lace. Matching lace fills the top of the stomacher. She wears gold slippers and carries a hand painted fan with tasseled cord loop.
When Juan asked me to dress his magnificent "Glenn" I was thrilled. I attempted to find a fabric which approximated that of the gown worn by the Marquise in her first scene. As this proved impossible, I decided to create the gown using a variety of fabrics and colors, and to interpret rather than duplicate. Juan and I agreed the style and general color scheme was the goal.
"Glenn" arrived at Crawford Manor, in a hair net and wearing only her jewelry (how else does one arrive at the dressmaker?). I was stunned at the phenomenal likeness.
It has been my great pleasure to have had this opportunity and to have, as a guest for only a short time, the lovely and talented Glenn Close, created by the charming and amazingly talented Juan Albuerne.
Thank you Juan