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fashion: colonial

Georgian Wooden Doll Gown, 1700's, Northern Italy - Original jointed body with well-shaped elongated legs - Hands restored - Human hair wig, Woven-silk gown with homespun lining, Bone-shaped bodice with back lacing closure, Sleeves with silk tie ribbons Gilt metallic borders - Original Chemise, Petticoat, Hand-woven stockings, Hand-stitched sandals with Gemstone accents and Silk (matching gown) Soles.

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1770′s corset with lacing at the centre back, panniers with slits in the sides to reach the pocket and petticoat with placket fastening at the centre back.

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2-11-11 Dutch Short Gown 1770's or caracao,of a deep purple copper plate printed glazed Holland linen, the design of feathers and shells within flower and leaf meanders, the large neck with brass hooks and eyes fastening, the pleated skirt with wide pleats , waist seam and central back seam, the sleeves with a join from the elbow, three small covered buttons and buttonholes, lined with linen, 26in or 67 cm waist, length shoulder to hem 25 in or 65 cm

Rust-color silk lampas gown with chenille trim (back), European (possibly French), ca. 1770.

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Chintz round gown - 1775-1790 - This round gown is made of a glazed printed cotton which was popular for gowns. It would have been available for purchase once the Revolutionary War ended and fabric was once again being imported from Britain. Round gowns became popular during the last quarter of the 18th century. Most gowns in the 18th century had the skirts split down the front, allowing the petticoat to show. Round gowns did not have a split down the front. zoom icon

A Chinese-yellow silk open-robe, circa 1770, with fitted English-back, pinked ribbons to the bodice robings, skirt with pocket slits, bodice lined in natural linen. Kerry Taylor Auctions.

1770-1780 British Caraco and petticoat at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "This young woman's jacket (called a caraco in the 18th century) and matching petticoat are made of painted and dyed cotton fabric (chintz) produced in south-east India's Coromandel Coast for export to Europe in about 1770."

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