Dress, ca. 1880. Chocolate brown silk polonaise bodice dips at the sides to drape and form back bustle. Ten crochet ball buttons, embroidered lace cuffs, tan cotton lining. Cream silk twill skirt with tiny brown floral print, square insert in back of solid brown and bustle ties.
GENT'S FOUR PIECE FORMAL COURT SUIT, c. 1820. Coat & breeches of dark brown cut/uncut velvet to blue satin ground; coat embroidered in polychrome silk large scale florals, gold metallic cord & crimped foil flowers, 20th C. Maltese cross paste insignia (WHY?) coat collar & original cuffs removed.
Robe a la polonaise, British, ca. 1775. Made of silk lined with linen. This gown is an example of a new style introduced in the 1770s called a polonaise. Using buttons and loops, the skirt of the gown was draped up to create the swathed effect at the back shown here. Also popular during this decade were a range of striped fabrics, often in a complex arrangement of colours with both sharp and shaded edges, as seen in this example. Draping the skirt was not only a fashionable option. It also...
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