I made three of these baroque-style dresses for a client in 2008: Evil Pawn Jewelry; they were used in a promotional photoshoot.
This one is full length like the others, but I posted a close-up shot for the detail. Those ruffles took FOREVER. They are cut on the bias and unfinished, which I believe is historically accurate. Those court ladies weren't expecting to wear a dress more than once or twice, anyway. The rest of the dress is not particularly historical. My goal here was close-enough silhouette combined with ease of wear--in as much as can be achieved with all those bulky skirts.
Two piece dress: bodice with attached overskirt, worn over separate but matching petticoat. Small pillows for panniers at the hips. Bodice is flat-lined with steel bones for structure, and laces up the back. Self-fabric trim, all hand-made. Those bows on the bodice were great fun.
Ruby acetate taffeta. Adapted from two or more Butterick costume patterns.
Custom orders like this one are available through my online shop: [link]