ca. 1775 Italian court dress and petticoat (robe à la Française) (Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, Massachusetts USA) back

robe à la Française looks like a robe à l'Anglaise when seen from the front, but the rectangular back panels that extend from neckline to skirt hem are what define a robe à la Française. The gold rever panels come around to form a bateay shape in back.

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