Detail front view, robe à la francaise, Italy or Spain, c. 1770. Gold brocaded striped silk, woven with puce and silver bands within the textured cloth of gold stripes, pretty floral sprigs and trails, edged and trimmed with scalloped gold bobbin lace. Lined in ivory taffeta.
Detail of back of a French brocaded silk taffeta open robe, 1780s. "Silk taffeta with purple rib weave stripes and small ivory brocaded flowers. The neckline, front, and sleeves are edged with pleated ivory ribbon. The charming compères are decorated with appliqués of cut-out stripes and pleated ribbon". Vintage Textile. See gown here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/278589926923030159/
A brocaded silk open robe a la polonaise, circa 1785-90, of figured oyster silk woven with small floral sprigs, edged in peacock-green satin, the closed-front bodice with pointed low waist, single bone to fitted centre-back; together with a pale quilted pale pink silk petticoat adorned with quatrefoils and scrolls,