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Dress

Date:
1795–97
Culture:
British
Medium:
silk, cotton
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Irene Lewisohn, 1937
Accession Number:
C.I.37.46.1
Not on view
The Empire dress owes its name, physical emancipation, popularity, and even its sexiness to France. In this English example, French style is slavishly followed in the gown's high waist and modish stripes. But for all its classicizing details and shape, the gown retains vestiges of the ancien régime in its open-robe construction.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Eighteenth-Century Woman," January 1, 1981–January 2, 1982.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dress Rehearsal," August 1, 2001–October 28, 2001.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Fashion," October 23, 1967–January 1, 1968.

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

Museum of Costume Art. "A Designers' Exhibition of Costumes and Millinery," October 14, 1940–November 9, 1940.

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