French / Robe a l'Anglaise / 1785 - 1787French
Robe a l'Anglaise
1785 - 1787

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Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Name-CRT: French
Title: Robe a l'Anglaise
Title Type: Object name
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Creation Start Date: 1785
Creation End Date: 1787
Creation Date: 1785 - 1787
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Main dress-Womenswear
Materials and Techniques: Silk
Dimensions: (a) L. at center back 59 1/2 in. (151.1 cm); (b) L. at center back 37 in. (94 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: CI 66.39ab
Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1966

In eighteenth-century dress, the torso was encased by layers of quilted linen and boning that constitute an exaggerated exoskeleton. An inevitable consequence of this redefinition of the torso is an emphasis on the hip and bustline. By mid-century, especially in France, the style was for the bust, veiled by lace or a sheer mull fichu, to emerge above the top line of the bodice.

AMICA ID: MMA_.CI66.39ab
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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