Costume and Textiles
Woman's Dress (Robe à la française) with Matching Stomacher and PetticoatMade in France, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, French
Chinese export silk-brocaded satin, silk and silk chenille looped fringe
Currently not on view
|Purchased with the John D. McIlhenny Fund, the John T. Morris Fund, the Elizabeth Wandell Smith Fund, and with funds contributed by Mrs. Howard H. Lewis and Marion Boulton Stroud, 1988|
LabelThis gown, made of delicate floral silk, epitomizes Rococo taste. The serpentine trim and silk floss fringe emphasize the front edges of the open robe, which displays a matching triangular stomacher and petticoat. The shape of the gown--with its conical torso and wide skirt--reiterates the ideal feminine form of the time. This seemingly fragile gown would have been worn over rigid, boned stays and a hoop-petticoat.