Mantua & petticoat (front), probably worn by Mary Holt, wife of 7th Earl of Haddington, 1761.Made of blue and white French silk, the mantua has a very wide hooped skirt which displays to full advantage the large pattern of the fabric. The hoop would have been made of whalebone or supple wood. © National Museums of Scotland
Open robe, floral pattern, white silk brocade, England, c 1760 A sack-back open robe of white silk brocade with a silver thread pattern of bows, ribbons and flowers. It has a square neck at front with a box pleat at each side extending to a waistline that curves down slightly at center front. A matching stomacher fills in the front panel. The back has two double box pleats at center. The elbow length sleeves have a frill with pinked edge and two layers of curved, scalloped frills.