This is an example of the most formal ensemble for a woman in the late 1770s, except for court dress. It is a sack-back gown, worn over square hoops and very elaborately decorated. Feathers, lace, raffia tassels and lengths of satin embellish an already embroidered satin. The pale colours, small floral motifs and light application of the decorations show that the influence of the Rococo style was beginning to wane.


  • Title: Sack back
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1775/1780
  • Location: France
  • Physical Dimensions: Width: 45.0 cm silk, selvedge to selvedge approx
  • Provenance: Given by Miss Louise Band
  • Medium: Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread, metal, whalebone; hand-woven silk, ribbon and fringe, hand-sewn, hand-made bobbin lace

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