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Woven Textile (silk with bizarre design)
Woven Textile (silk with bizarre design), c. 1700-1705
Italian?
Silk damask brocaded with colored silks and metal threads
7 feet 2 inches × 6 feet 10 inches (218.4 × 208.3 cm) Pattern Repeat: 30 1/2 inches (77.5 cm)
Gift of Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr., 1969
1969-290-122
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The Bizarre and the Beautiful: Silks of the Eighteenth Century
July 1, 2006 - November 11, 2007

Opulent and exuberant, this focused exhibition explores silk—indisputably fashion's favored fabric in the eighteenth century. With 13 objects from the Museum's collections, it includes French and English patterned silk dresses worn by some of Philadelphia's most fashionable women of the time.

In contrast to the static formalism of the previous century, European silk design at the beginning of this period marked a new attitude that was driven by economics, technology, and fashion. The Bizarre and the Beautiful: Silks of the Eighteenth Century is an exploration of these attitudes and the numerous changes that took place during this pivotal moment in textile development.

Curator

Dilys Blum • Curator of Costume and Textiles

Location

Costume and Textiles Gallery 271, second floor

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