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Dress

Date:
1795–97
Culture:
British
Medium:
silk, cotton
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Irene Lewisohn, 1937
Accession Number:
C.I.37.46.1
Not on view
The Empire dress owes its name, physical emancipation, popularity, and even its sexiness to France. In this English example, French style is slavishly followed in the gown's high waist and modish stripes. But for all its classicizing details and shape, the gown retains vestiges of the ancien régime in its open-robe construction.
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