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Dress (altered Robe a la Francaise)

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Dress with Watteau pleats in back, hanging from the square-cut neckline. Closed bodice, open skirt, allowance for paniers on the sides, pagoda sleeve with double ruffle. White satin embroidered in polychrome silks in floral designs: bouquets and scrolling vines. (Petticoat: 1970.338b)

Credit Line

Gift of Prince Serge Belosselsky

English or French, About 1765–75

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CB: 187 cm (73 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Louis XVI Style (fabric was woven and embroidered in China for the Western market); meandering flowers embroidered with polychrome silk threads on cream silk satin background, trimmed with ruchina


Textiles and Fashion Arts