Dress, silk, French

Dress

Date:
ca. 1775
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; H. Randolph Lever Fund, 1968
Accession Number:
2009.300.917a, b
Not on view
This is an example of one form of dress which became acceptable in the later part of the 18th century. The bodice is more like a jacket, known as a caraco. The informal sensibility about it is relative to the open robes and exposed petticoats of the period. The sleeves are known as sabot sleeves because they fit over the elbow like a sabot shoe, also known as a clog