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Woman's gown, brocaded silk

Ca. 1780
Origin: England
OL from shoulder: approx. 74"; Waist: approx. 31"
Silk compound weave, brocaded; linen lining; silk "fly" fringe.
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1985-142
Woman's gown of cream-colored silk brocaded with floral sprigs in multicolors, isolated within scalloped reserves, against a ground of supplementary wefts forming floral and diamond background patterns. Fitted bodice has low scoop neckline trimmed with silk fringe (later replacement) and a edge-to-edge closure extending down to a low point at center front. Back is fitted close to the body ("English back" or robe a l'Anglaise) with stitched down pleats extending into skirt. Elbow length sleeves are missing ruffles or cuffs. The full skirt is pleated in 1/4" pleats, open at front to reveal petticoat (missing). Buttons and loops at back for puffing the skirt up into a draped style sometimes known as "Polonaise." Linen bodice and sleeve lining.
Photographed with reproduction petticoat and antique sleeve ruffles #1954-67, 3-4.