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Woman's Dress (Robe à la française) with Matching Stomacher and Petticoat

Artist/maker unknown, Frenchc. 1755-1760

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

This gown, made of delicate floral silk, epitomizes Rococo taste. The serpentine trim and silk floss fringe emphasize the front edges of the open robe, which displays a matching triangular stomacher and petticoat. The shape of the gown--with its conical torso and wide skirt--reiterates the ideal feminine form of the time. This seemingly fragile gown would have been worn over rigid, boned stays and a hoop-petticoat.

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  • Title: Woman's Dress (Robe à la française) with Matching Stomacher and Petticoat
  • Date Created: c. 1755-1760
  • Location: France
  • Provenance: Purchased with the John D. McIlhenny Fund, the John T. Morris Fund, the Elizabeth Wandell Smith Fund, and with funds contributed by Mrs. Howard H. Lewis and Marion Boulton Stroud, 1988
  • Type: Costume (including accessories)
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Chinese export silk-brocaded satin, silk and silk chenille looped fringe
  • Artist/Maker: Artist/maker unknown, French

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