Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, Isabel Shults Fund and Millia Davenport and Zipporah Fleisher Fund, 1998
Not on view
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.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: [label] "Drécoll Paris/Vienne"
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.