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Dress

Date:
1790s
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Coby Foundation Ltd. Gift, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.269
Not on view
The fullest merger of old and new is represented in this dress. The form of the surrounding robe is open, and even the neckline could seem to be decades earlier. But the textile design has been subdued, and the lighter taffeta robe is paired with a white petticoat for an effect that resembles neoclassicism emerging from the chrysalis of the ancien régime.
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.

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