This is a half scale dress from the film 'The Duchess' with Kiera Knightly. This is her Blue Fox campaign outfit that, historically, would have been worn as a riding outfit.
I tried to use as many natural fibres as I could (I very much dislike synthetics) and kept the construction details as accurate to the 1780's as I could.
I used blue italian wool for the jacket and skirt, the bodice/vest is silk I had to dye to get the specific yellow and the stock is a sort of bamboo fibre. Only the lace cravat is synthetic. The inside of the jacket is lined with brilliant orange silk charmeuse and faced with dark blue cotton velvet.
The hat is made from two layers of buckram, covered in the blue wool and lined. The fur for the hat is goat (I generally don't use fur unless the animal was A. road kill or B. eaten for supper, because I don't think animals should be killed for the fur only D: ) that I dyed orange to look more like fox.
Costumes for 'The Duchess' designed by Michael O'Connor
A very light wool for the skirt, and I've used 2 layers of it for the jacket (lined with a heavy cotton, because it was very cold at this period of the year! The cream fabric is a synthetic one haha, it had a discount so... it wasn't hard to choose Once again it's very interesting to see another person who's studied this costume too! I think that making it smaller is even harder!