This formal gown of the late 1750s illustrates the very decorative nature of women's dress at the height of the Rococo period. The silk itself is brocaded in a pattern of flowers with coloured and silver thread. The gown and petticoat have then been trimmed with silver bobbin lace, flowers made of ruched ribbons and beads, silk tassels and feathers. Such an elaborate ensemble would have been reserved for evening dress, dancing at the Assembly rooms, or attending the opera or theatre. The dress is said to have been worn by Mrs Craster. Before her marriage, she was a maid of honour to Queen Caroline (1683–1737), consort of George II.


  • Title: Sack back
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1755
  • Location: France
  • Physical Dimensions: Width: 55.5 cm silk, selvedge to selvedge
  • Medium: Silk, linen, silk thread, silver thread, silver strip, wire, feathers, beads; hand-woven, hand-made bobbin lace and trimmings, hand-sewn

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