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Dress, 1880, silk and lace, with a beautifully textured underskirt. An American-made dress for a 50th wedding anniversary. The style evokes 18th century and would have been appreciated for its beautiful embroidery and lace trim.

Detail back view, robe à l'Anglaise, Great Britain, c. 1740. Orange silk brocade with floral pattern.

Detail pleats, robe à l'Anglaise, Great Britain, c. 1740. Orange silk brocade with floral pattern.

Robe à l'Anglaise (rear view), 1740–60, British, silk. The robes à l'anglaise are renowned for the beauty of their textiles and the meticulous fit of their bodice back. (c) Metropolitan Museum of Art

Suit (Frockcoat, waistcoat and breeches), Italian, 1740-1760, silk, metal, cotton, linen. This suit is the epitome of mid-18th century men's wear with its curved jacket front, fitted breeches, narrow sleeves and decorative mid-thigh length waistcoat. Unlike most suits of the period, this suit can be undoubtedly linked through matching buttons on the coat, breeches and waistcoat.

Man's green silk jacquard banyan (dressing gown), British, ca. 1740.

Robe à l'Anglaise (rear view), 1740–60, British, silk. The wide skirts, which were often open at the front to expose a highly decorated underskirt ( not shown), were supported by panniers created from padding and hoops of different materials such as cane, baleen or metal. (c) Metropolitan Museum of Art

It is rare to have a young girl's dress from the eighteenth century in good condition which makes this piece very valuable. The textile is of interest for it is elegant, rich in color and texture. Additionally, it is quite eye-catching, changing in the light as the wearer moves.

Dress (Robe à la Polonaise) Date: ca. 1775 Culture: British Medium: silk, cotton

1740s. German. Front is blue silk, back is linen and laces closed.

Sacque gown a la Piedmontese, ca. 1780, Italy (?), plain cream ribbed silk, metallic and silk embroidery. Metallic lace borders all the embroidery elements, with additional spangles adding even more sparkle to the design.