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85/2801 Court dress, comprising open robe, petticoat, length of fabric and galloon (2), white silk brocade, maker unknown, England, c 1760. Click to enlarge.

Court dress of silk brocade

Made
The robe à la française or sack-back open robe was the most popular and lasting dress style for the fashionable women in the 18th century. So named for its association with the French court at Versailles and for the loose double box pleat of drapery that falls down the back from the shoulders. The gown is slipped on like a coat and is open at the front to reveal a matching petticoat and a triangular shaped bodice piece (which covers the corset) called the stomacher. Stomachers were usually …

Summary

Object No.

85/2801

Object Statement

Court dress, comprising open robe, petticoat, length of fabric and galloon (2), white silk brocade, maker unknown, England, c 1760

Physical Description

A sack-back open robe of white silk brocade with a silver thread pattern of bows, ribbons and flowers. It has a square neck at front with a box pleat at each side extending to a waistline that curves down slightly at centre front. A matching stomacher fills in the front panel. The back has two double box pleats at centre. The elbow length sleeves have a frill with pinked edge and two layers of curved, scalloped frills falling from the elbow towards the back. The skirt is open at the front, the edges falling away from the waist towards the sides of the skirt. A cream silk underskirt, ungathered, fastens with front ties and has ties spaced around the waist to secure it. The visible front panels are of silk brocade. A spare length of silk brocade accompanies the robes and two lengths of metallic lace.

Marks

No marks

Dimensions

Height

1650 mm

Depth

1220 mm

Production

Notes

The maker of this open robe is unknown and was made in England, c, 1760

History

Notes

This open robe is believed to have been worn by Lady Collingwood in the latter part of the Eighteenth Century.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Nadine Turner through the Australian Costume and Textile Society, 1985

Acquisition Date

1 October 1985

Cite this Object

Harvard

Court dress of silk brocade 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 May 2022, <https://ma.as/46624>

Wikipedia

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