Design House House of Drecoll French
Designer Mme. Marguerite de Wagner

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899

This sumptuous dress, in which an Edwardian silhouette emerges from an S-curve, is one of our best examples of eighteenth-century revival and was acquired for its first showing in our fall 1998 exhibition "The Ceaseless Century." Its robe à la polonaise silhouette, open robe format with petticoat revealed at center front, deep décolletage, ruching with pinked edges, and laces are conspicuous eighteenth-century revival themes. The dress is unabashedly modern yet also harks back "ceaselessly into the past," as the early modern inexorably does.

Dress, House of Drecoll (French, founded 1902), silk, French

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