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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.

Details

  • 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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