Detail front closure, robe à la francaise, France, ca. "Mexicaine" silk taffeta with yellow stripes on cream ground alternating with stripes with small bouquets on light blue and cream ground, linen lining. Sleeve ruffles with pink trimmings.
This gown demonstrates the fashionable styles in women’s formal dress of the 1780s. The hoop has changed from the square shape of earlier decades to a round profile. A stomacher is no longer needed, because the gown now meets in the front. The cream silk is adorned only at the edges with an embroidered band, ribbon and a stencilled fringe. This restraint in decoration illustrates the growing influence of the Neo-classical style in textile design.: