The silk of this gown was made about 1760, but it has been restyled to adopt the changing fashions of the 1790s. Under the influence of the Neo-classical style of French dress, the waistline began to rise above the natural level. Because fabrics were expensive, clothes were frequently altered and remade to keep them in fashionable styles.


  • Title: Gown
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1758/1760
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 160.0 cm shoulder to hem at centre back approx, Circumference: 96.5 cm bust under armholes approx, Width: 51.0 cm silk, selvedge to selvedge
  • Medium: Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven, hand-sewn

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