Robe à l'Anglaise, silk, French

Robe à l'Anglaise

Date:
1785–87
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1966
Accession Number:
C.I.66.39a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899
In eighteenth-century dress, the torso was encased by layers of quilted linen and boning that constitute an exaggerated exoskeleton. An inevitable consequence of this redefinition of the torso is an emphasis on the hip and bustline. By mid-century, especially in France, the style was for the bust, veiled by lace or a sheer mull fichu, to emerge above the top line of the bodice.
Inscription:
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. "The Age Of Napoleon," December 13, 1989–April 15, 1990.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bare Witness," April 2, 1996–August 18, 1996.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fashion Plate," October 21, 1971–January 15, 1972.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th century," April 27, 2004–September 6, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Visitors to Versailles: From Louis XIV to the French Revolution," April 16–July 29, 2018.