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Doll’s Court Gown (grand habit de poupée)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899

This miniature example of the grand habit, the formal gown worn at court for ceremonial occasions, shows the trimming of metal lace, spangles, and artificial flowers that could add considerably to the overall expense. It is thought that designers such as Rose Bertin used fashion dolls much like modern-day mannequins, as a way to show off their skills.

Doll’s Court Gown (grand habit de poupée), Silk brocade, metal thread, metal lace, spangles, silk ribbon flowers, whalebone, French

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