1770s Court dress (robe à la française and petticoat) (Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, Massachusetts USA)

The Museum of Fine Arts identifies this as a French dress.

This dress is considerably more compact than some court dresses and, with the same fabric, or possibly two very similar fabrics, used throughout it is also simpler than many. The bands of trim running from the sides of the over-skirt to the sides of the bodice are examples of robings. Robes à la française had opened bodices, though not as completely opened as this one. The modesty piece accentuates rather than conceals the bust. The sleeves appear to have bows - made of the same floral print.

Keywords:  French, square décolletage, modesty piece, robings, ruching, three quarter length tight sleeves, bows, engageantes, low waistline, panniers, under-skirt, flounces, maxi-length skirt, shoes, robe à la française, court dress 


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