silk, linen, cotton
a) L. at center back: 57 in. (144.6 cm).
b) L. at center back: 34 in. (86.3 cm).
c) L. at center back: 11 7/8 (30.3 cm).
Purchase, Arlene Cooper Fund and Polaire Weissman Bequest Fund, 1996
Not on view
Monochrome, but in a bright canary yellow guaranteed to catch anyone's attention across a room, this exceptionally well-preserved robe à la française with trimmings represents the apogee of the form. The absence of ornament, other than basic ruffles, makes this a museum object easy to read: it is a perfect teaching example, free from distractions and affirming thereby the adorned beauty of eighteenth-century silhouette and style, so often masked under frills and coquetry.
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