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Watch a fascinating demo by costume designer Maxwell Barr who explores the prosperous world of 18th-century Parisian power dressing through dressing a live model on stage while describing the clothing layers.

Woman's robe a la francaise, England, circa 1765. Silk plain weave (faille) with silk and metallic-thread supplementary-weft patterning (lamella or strip) trimmed with metallic lace.

V: This richly brocaded ensemble illustrates the style of dress worn by women at court in England. Known as a mantua, the gown consists of a bodice with a train at the back. A very wide petticoat of matching silk completes the ensemble along with a triangle of silk known as a stomacher, in the centre front.

Evening dress, 1770-80, McCord Museum

Full Dress (Open Robe and Petticoat), circa 1760s

Dress 1784, Rosa e Cornelia

1765 dress

American dress, 1780-85