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Dress

Date:
1760s
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, metal thread
Dimensions:
Length (a): 73 in. (185.4 cm) Length (b): 39 1/2 in. (100.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Fédération de la Soirie, 1950
Accession Number:
50.168.2a, b
Not on view
Western chinoiserie is often a compound of exotic elements, not all indigenous to China. This eighteenth-century dress exhibits such multiple allusions, but they have been assimilated by the technology and aesthetic of Lyonnais manufacture. Palm trees signify the foreign, and the pagoda-inspired follies—Eastern architecture transplanted to the West—are posts with tented swags.
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