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Robe à la Française

Date:
ca. 1760
Culture:
British
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Bequest of Catherine D. Wentworth, 1948
Accession Number:
48.187.709a, b
Not on view
The chief characteristic of eighteenth-century women's dress is the rigid encasement of the upper body by means of a corset that configures the torso. Light, elaborately patterned fabrics are pinned or anchored loosely to this understructure. Both menswear and womenswear have lace at the collar and cuffs. The skirts of the time are supported by cane hoops to create ballooning volumes: the open robe consists of a connected bodice and an overskirt parted in front to reveal a matching petticoat.
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. "Two by Two," September 10, 1996–November 17, 1996.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion," May 3, 2006–September 4, 2006.

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion," May 3–September 4, 2006.

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