Robe à l'Anglaise

Date: ca. 1770

Culture: American or European

Medium: silk

Credit Line: Gift of Irene Lewisohn, 1937

Accession Number: C.I.37.66a, b


The robe à l'anglaise was an open robe consisting of a bodice cut in one piece with an overskirt that was parted in front to reveal a matching petticoat. Its fitted bodice did not have the center back pleats, often referred to as the "Watteau back," that typified the equally popular style of the robe à la française.