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Sack back gown Place of origin: France (woven) UK (made) Date: ca. 1760 (made) Artist/Maker: unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Chine woven silk, lined with linen, trimmed with fly fringe, hand-sewn

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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.

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1760's sack back gown

Regency gown after a portrait of Caroline Murat (Caroline Bonaparte), ca. 1810 reproduction by Angela Mombers. Materials: silk, cotton lining, metal trims.

This dress is known as the Valdemar Slot Gown. The fabric is moss green silk brocade with real gold threads, dating from 1695-1700

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Gown Place of origin: Britain, UK (made) Date: 1760-1769 (made) 1740-1749 (hand woven) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Silk, lined with linen, hand woven and hand sewn

Had to add the side view of this sage green House of Worth gown for the full effect of the bustle. c. 1875.

Sack Back gown (robe a la Francaise) ca. 1765, France, Silk satin brocade trimmed with silk fly fringe; lined with undyed linen and silk. (c) de Young, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco

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Mantua

Mantua, England,1735-1740 (made) Brocaded silk, hand-sewn with spun silk and spun threads, lined with linen, brown paper lining for cuffs, brass, canvas & pleated silk. One of the mantua’s characteristics was a long train, sewn as a flat piece of silk & arranged with each wearing. The train was folded up, then folded in & draped over a loop of thread on either side of the waist. Pinning up & draping a train successfully was an art & required the help of maids to achieve the perfect effect.