Robe à l'anglaise


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Textile historians attribute large-patterned Chiné taffetas to France. However, small Chiné designs were produced at other European silk centers, especially in England, where they were called "clouded lustrings." It is tempting to postulate an English origin for this dress’s fabric, as well as its tailoring. Chiné fabrics were popular for summer dresses because they were lightweight.

Robe à l'anglaise, silk, British

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Left to right: 1981.314.1, 1981.245.2