Medium: silk, metal thread
Credit Line: Gift of Fédération de la Soirie, 1950
Accession Number: 50.168.2a, b
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.