To achieve the characteristic draping of the back, there were different methods depending on the fabric. For example a cord with little rings on it could be sewn in to the skirt (from the waist to the hem) and in this way make it possible to create the puffs. Sometimes a cord had been placed right below the waist with ribbons to tie the skirt up with.
The silhouette of the Polonaise gown was lighter than the other common court gowns. It was the first step towards an all-together lighter silhouette in women's fashion; the chemise de la Reine was a further extension of the process.
As seen in portraits:
|Sketch of Marie Antoinette in a robe|
à la Polonaise