• Kirsten Dunst in Marie Antoinette

Pondering why designers don’t mine pre-20th century eras more often for inspiration, I soon answered my own question—few people want to wear corsets on a regular basis or look like a refugee from the Renaissance Faire.

That said, there are some specific features of historical dress I wish we’d see on contemporary clothing occasionally, like the box-pleated back panel of the sack gown, also known as the robe a la francaise.