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Robe à l'Anglaise

Date:
1784–87
Culture:
French
Medium:
cotton, metal, silk
Credit Line:
Purchase, Isabel Shults Fund and Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.204a, b
Not on view

Cotton emerged as a fashionable fabric in the 1780s with the chemise à la reine, the cotton shift favored by Marie Antoinette beginning in this turbulent decade. As always, clothing had political and international implications. One of the chief reasons the Lyon silk manufacturers railed against the reductive modern attire is that their luxurious silks were being abandoned in favor of imported cottons from India, confirmed in the costume on the right by a weaver's mark in the selvage.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Ceaseless Century," September 9, 1998–November 29, 1998.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress," December 8, 1994–March 19, 1995.

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

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