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Magasin des Modes, March 1786

'The Bum-Bailiff Outwitted, or, the convenience of Fashion', published May 6, 1786 by S.W.Fores, at the Caracature Warehouse Piccadilly. Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. More info: twonerdyhistorygi...

Dress Date: ca. 1785

Dress 1730, British, Made of silk

Dress (robe à l'anglaise) c. 1785- France: In the latter half of the 18th century, clothing went toward simplification in particular women's clothing advanced toward a functional direction without the formality. Even textiles for dress with a light texture entered the mainstream. Moreover, the preference to striped patterns that became the fashions that involve all the classes from this period also shows such a tendency.

Robe à la Polonaise (shown without petticoat) ca.1787, Italian (probably) silk.

Front view of an eighteenth century 'sack-back' dress . c.1750-1760. This dress, from the mid 18th century, is made in a style known as an 'Open Robe and Petticoat'.

A Scene in a Convent, or Miss Titups visit to Father Bald-Pate, August 10. 1778, Lewis Walpole Library Digital Collection

Dress (robe à la française) French, 1775 Cotton

Abelard and Eloisa, April 20, 1778, Lewis Walpole Library Digital Collection