Dress, cotton, silk, French

Dress

Date:
ca. 1810
Culture:
French
Medium:
cotton, silk
Credit Line:
Gift of W.J. Baer, 1908
Accession Number:
08.86.7
Not on view
Indian and Turkish cottons and silks entered Europe in quantity in the First Empire. Empire gowns of newly chaste silhouette often employed circumspect floral motifs. In this instance, stylized exotic flowers are merged with scallop shells in a sign of aesthetic synthesis between the East and classicism.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bloom: Fashion's Spring Gardens," March 30, 1995–August 20, 1995.