Italian (Naples) / Round gown / ca. 1795Italian (Naples)
Round gown
ca. 1795

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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Dates/Places: Naples, Italy
Creator Name-CRT: Italian (Naples)
Title: Round gown
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1793
Creation End Date: 1797
Creation Date: ca. 1795
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Main dress-Womenswear
Materials and Techniques: silk, linen
Dimensions: L. at center back 57 1/2 in. (146 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1979.20a-f
Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1979

By the 1790s, the structure of clothing was undergoing dramatic change. This afternoon dress in the form of a round gown steadfastly keeps up appearances and can pass for eighteenth-century opulence, especially in its colors and textile richness. But the high-waisted dress, spencer, corset, and separate sleeves constitute a new anatomy, one that anticipates the century to come. This shape would be renewed in the 1880s and 1890s, as one fin de siècle recapitulated the preceeding fin de siècle.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1979.20a-f
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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