silk, metal thread
Length (a): 73 in. (185.4 cm)
Length (b): 39 1/2 in. (100.3 cm)
Gift of Fédération de la Soirie, 1950.
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 folliesEastern architecture transplanted to the Westare posts with tented swags.
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