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tapestry detail - The Croome Court tapestry room, Worcestershire, 1758–67  Designed by Robert Adams (English, 1728–1792)

tapestry detail - The Croome Court tapestry room, Worcestershire, 1758–67 Designed by Robert Adams (English, 1728–1792)

This gown and matching stomacher are made of very fine silk. Because of its shine or lustre, the fabric was called a lustring or lutestring. The process of 'lustrating' involved stretching and moistening the textile. In a 1756 treatise, silk designers are advised that ornaments for lustring ‘must be open and airy’ so as not to obscure the glazed ground. 1752 - 1775 - Museum of London

This gown and matching stomacher are made of very fine silk. Because of its shine or lustre, the fabric was called a lustring or lutestring. The process of 'lustrating' involved stretching and moistening the textile. In a 1756 treatise, silk designers are advised that ornaments for lustring ‘must be open and airy’ so as not to obscure the glazed ground. 1752 - 1775 - Museum of London

ca 1765-70 sumptuous silk sack back gown with embroidered ruching and fabric flowers. British

ca 1765-70 sumptuous silk sack back gown with embroidered ruching and fabric flowers. British

Detail sleeve, obe à la francaise, 1770s. Blue and white striped, figured and rose-sprigged silk satin, pleated an druffled robings edged in silk fly braid, petticoat with ruched furbelows.

Detail sleeve, obe à la francaise, 1770s. Blue and white striped, figured and rose-sprigged silk satin, pleated an druffled robings edged in silk fly braid, petticoat with ruched furbelows.

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