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

From the Museum of Fine Arts - Boston.

The Museum of Fine Arts' Site has this description, "Lilac ground with a brocaded design of waving lines, and of white silk and gold thread, and bunches of flowers woven with bright colored silks and silver and gold thread. The over-dress hangs from the shoulders in two box-plaits, and is trimmed with gold lace and rosettes of ribbon and silk suggesting flowers. The under-dress consists of an apron, arranged so as to give the effect of an under skirt." The under-dresses were made of showy material where they could be seen and of plainer stuff elsewhere.

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