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Round gown

Date:
ca. 1795
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
silk, linen
Dimensions:
Length (a): 57 1/2 in. (146.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.20a–e, g
Not on view
By the 1790s, the structure of clothing was undergoing dramatic change. This afternoon dress in the form of a round gown steadfastly keeps up appearances and can pass for eighteenth-century opulence, especially in its colors and textile richness. But the high-waisted dress, spencer, corset, and separate sleeves constitute a new anatomy, one that anticipates the century to come. This shape would be renewed in the 1880s and 1890s, as one fin de siècle recapitulated the preceeding fin de siècle.
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