Dress, silk, linen, cotton, British

Dress

Date:
ca. 1760
Culture:
British
Medium:
silk, linen, cotton
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arlene Cooper Fund and Polaire Weissman Bequest Fund, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.374a–c
Not on view
Monochrome, but in a bright canary yellow guaranteed to catch anyone's attention across a room, this exceptionally well-preserved robe à la française with trimmings represents the apogee of the form. The absence of ornament, other than basic ruffles, makes this a museum object easy to read: it is a perfect teaching example, free from distractions and affirming thereby the adorned beauty of eighteenth-century silhouette and style, so often masked under frills and coquetry.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Our New Clothes: Acquisitions of the 1990s," April 6, 1999–August 22, 1999.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Ceaseless Century," September 9, 1998–November 29, 1998.