The images are from From collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O74217/robe-unknown/.
The huge widths of earlier court dresses are not matched by this one. It has an ankle-length skirt, but the narrow width and nearby over-skirt panels probably make this dress much more maneuverable. This dress has no stomacher - the bodice simply closes down the center front so it is possible that it had no bertha rather than the bertha being lost in storage. This dress also has engageantes, further suggesting the neckline is what was originally worn. The left image has a different coiffure than the others while the right image shows this is a robe à la française. The Victoria and Albert Museum's notes for this include: "Silk satin, embroidered with chenille thread, silk ribbon, bobbin lace, trimmed with satin, feathers and raffia tassels, lined with silk and linen.
This is an example of the most formal ensemble for a woman in the late 1770s, except for court dress. It is a sack-back gown, worn over square hoops and very elaborately decorated. Feathers, lace, raffia tassels and lengths of satin embellish an already embroidered satin. The pale colours, small floral motifs and light application of the decorations show that the influence of the Rococo style was beginning to wane."
Keywords: 1785, French, split bodice, scoop neckline, three quarter length tight sleeves, panniers, over-skirt, maxi-length skirt, shoes, fan, robe à la française
Dec 21, 2012, 12:12 PM
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