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Dress 1750, British, Made of silk

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Dress

Dress ca. 1750 - back

In the eighteenth century, formal dress was so closely associated with Versailles and the French court that it was universally described as the robe à la française . The robe à la française has a fitted overdress which is open at the frontand has a decorative bodice insert called a stomacher covering the corset and an underskirt, the petticoat, showing under the splayed drapery of the overskirt

Suit 1750, British, Made of silk and linen