Left: 1976.137.1; Right: 1991.204a, b
cotton, metallic thread
Length: 53 1/2 in. (135.9 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Langdon Marvin, 1976
Not on view
Cotton emerged as a fashionable fabric in the 1780s with the chemise à la reine, the cotton shift favored as dress by Marie Antoinette beginning in this turbulent decade. As always, clothing had political and international implications. One of the chief reasons the Lyons silk manufacturers railed against the reductive, modern attire is that their luxurious silks were being abandoned in favor of imported cottons from India.
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