Date: 1760s

Culture: French

Medium: silk, metal thread

Credit Line: Gift of Fédération de la Soirie, 1950

Accession Number: 50.168.2a, b


Western chinoiserie is often a compound of exotic elements, not all indigenous to China. This eighteenth-century dress exhibits such multiple allusions, but they have been assimilated by the technology and aesthetic of Lyonnais manufacture. Palm trees signify the foreign, and the pagoda-inspired follies—Eastern architecture transplanted to the West—are posts with tented swags.