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Women's Gown with Tailored Back "English Dress"

Unknown1735 - 1740

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Gowns with fitted backs were typical of 18th century English women’s fashion. These gowns, called “morninggowns” or “nightgowns,” could be one-piece with a skirt closed in front or two-pieces with an open front and additional skirt. They were worn in the domestic sphere, for non-official occasions, or going for a stroll. The splendid silk of this gown shows parrot tulips and chrysanthemums with sparse, bracken-like foliage upon a dark green background and a naturalistic flower pattern as was fashionable between 1730 and 1740. This gown has a closed skirt. The rear yardage is laid in outward facing knife pleats and flow over into the skirt without waist seam. Wing cuffs adorn the three-quarter-length sleeves.

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  • Title: Women's Gown with Tailored Back "English Dress"
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1735 - 1740
  • Stylistic point of origin: England
  • Rights: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Stephan Klonk │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Christine Waidenschlager
  • Length: Fl. 135 cm, bl. 138 cm, fabric width: 51.5 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Provenance: Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, 2003 Kamer/Ruf collection; 1990 Christie’s, London
  • Type: Dress
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Dark green silk fabric, Gros de Tours brocaded with coloured silkthreads; lining: natural-coloured and green silk pongé,natural coloured linen

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