Mantua, wool, metal thread, British


late 17th century
wool, metal thread
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1933
Accession Number:
33.54a, b
Not on view
A late seventeenth-century version of the open robe and one of the earliest costumes in the Museum's collection, this two-piece dress is richly decorated with embroidery in silver-gilt thread. If it looks little like our preconception of eighteenth-century court dress, the anomaly is in part due to a certain sedateness, perhaps more grave than many of the wearer's later Rococo sisters. Moreover, this sensible wool costume is for winter and lacks the deep décolletage and bright silks of spring and summer attire. In 1695, a lady of the French court complained that women were turning blue from the cold when required to wear silk dresses in winter.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fashion and History: A Dialogue," December 7, 1992–March 21, 1993.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Four Seasons," April 8, 1997–August 17, 1997.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "In Style: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Costume Institute," November 17, 1987–April 17, 1988.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Eighteenth-Century Woman," January 1, 1981–January 2, 1982.

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

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Period Rooms Reoccupied in Style," November 27, 1963 –January 5, 1964.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fine Art of Costume," October 15, 1954–February 28, 1955.

Christie's, London. "Art Treasures Exhibition," October 12, 1932–November 5, 1932.