I'm trying to replicate this portrait:
The first thing to notice is that the fabric is probably shot. That is, the fabric is made of one color thread on the weft and a different color thread on the warp. That explains the pink and purple shades and dark shadows. The bright white highlights, I have concluded, have to be the artist's license. There is no way to get all four colors out of the same fabric at these intensities.
I found a brilliant silk taffeta satin for the main fabric.
Here are a few shots of the project coming together. Eventually the skirt will be joined to the bodice. Right now it is all just pinned to the dress form.
|The shoulders on my dress form are much wider than me. I am not concerned about the gap at the back... yet.|