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Woman's Dress (Robe à la française) with Matching Stomacher and Petticoat

Artist/maker unknown, French

Made in France, Europe

c. 1755-1760

Chinese export silk-brocaded satin, silk and silk chenille looped fringe

Center Back Length: 63 inches (160 cm) Waist: 23 1/2 inches (59.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
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

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This 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.