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.
The term "spoon waistline" is used to describe a vee waistline with a rounded waistline instead of a sharp vee. This style, essentially a basque waistline, and a flat bottom style that resembles a shovel are found on robes à la françaises.
Keywords: French, square neckline, elbow length close sleeves, stomacher, robings, panniers, under-skirt, spoon waistline, ruffles, brocade, cloth of silver, chinoiserie, robe à la française
Aug 16, 2014, 5:38 PM
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