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  • Round gown, ca. 1795
    Italian
    Silk, linen

    Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1979 (1979.20a–f)

    By the 1790s, the structure of clothing was undergoing dramatic change. This afternoon dress in the form of a round gown steadfastly keeps up appearances and can pass for eighteenth-century opulence, especially in its colors and textile richness. But the high-waisted dress, spencer, corset, and separate sleeves constitute a new anatomy, one that anticipates the century to come.

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    Round gown, ca. 1795
    Italian
    Silk, linen

    Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1979 (1979.20a–f)


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