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Oyster silk Frockcoat with matching buttons and large upturned cuff typical of 1740s fashion. Gold silk waistcoat with silver and gold lace trimmings with metallic buttons. White linen ruffles at wrist and white linen stock. Detail from portrait of Captain Richard Chadwick (d.1748) by George Knapton, 1744.

Charles André van Loo “Marie Leszczinska, Queen of France" (detail) 1747

The feature of the dress, or mantua, is the long train extended at the back. Both sides of the overskirt were drawn back over the hips, with the train worn in different styles. One style was for the train to be pulled long as a way of showing off the sumptuous textle. Alternatively, as in the photograph, the train was folded over and attached at the waist. The sides of the train were double-sided so that only the proper face, and not the reverse, of the textile was visible when worn with the ...

Royal Naval uniform, circa 1748. A midshipman's frock coat, similar to the lieutenant's undress frock. However, the sleeves feature a 'mariner's cuff'. By the mid-18th century it was also incorporated into fashionable dress, featuring on both men's suit coats and women's riding habits. The midshipman's frock also features a stand up collar of blue wool lined with white velvet, which would often have been removed and re-attached. National Maritime Museum

1742 Elizaveta Petrovna's coronation dress

Pair of shoes, British, ca.1740s. Blue silk damask shoes with latchets, paste and metal buckles in situ | V The Collections

Mantua, Court Dress - England ca. 1740-1745. Victoria & Albert Museum (via collections.vam.a...)

1740s ~ The chopine was a tall clog worn in primarily in Venice to elevate the lady above both the dirt and the passersby of the street. They were hidden under long skirts & by lengthening the figure, allowed for a more grand & visible display of expensive fabric, and thus, wealth

I love Dutch clothing! =D Good thing I'm Dutch, I suppose. Ensemble, 1741-1760, Dutch.

StaysEurope | 18th c.Baleen, silk, leather, cotton

Mantua ca. 1745, Colonial Williamsburg

Stays, ca. 1740(?); LACMA 63.24.5

Women's embroidered jacket, French, second quarter, 18th c. Galliera musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Wilhelmine of Prussia,Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayeruth by Antoine Pesne,c. 1740

"Madame Victoire of France" (1748) (detail) by Jean-Marc Nattier (1685-1766).

Charles André van Loo “Marie Leszczinska, Queen of France" (detail) 1747

Portrait de Mme Wardle (Détail) Thomas Frye 1742

1740 British Men's ensemble (rear view) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - This photo clearly shows the skirting that was seen in men's coats in the first half of the 18th century.

Princess Caroline Louise of Hesse-Darmstadt, Liotard,1745, (1723-1783), Margravine of Baden, a dilettante artist, scientist, collector.Learned, spoke 5 languages, corresponded w/Voltaire and made Karlsruhe a cultural center. Member of the court orchestra, painted in water colours and had a laboratory set up in the Karlsruhe palace. Her collections the foundation of the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe museum of natural science.

Newly conserved blue-grey silk velvet coat c1740 at Paxton House.

ornamentedbeing: Casaca (jacket), skirt, and same Casaca laid flat, 1740, Spain. metal, cotton, linen, silk, paper. polychrome and gilded silver. Casaca is hip-length, open in front and side pleats that start from a button covered in the same fabric. The sleeve, three quarter with triangular back. The jacket, along with the petticoat (skirt) was a common dress among the Spanish female population of the first half of the eighteenth century. Museo del Traje.

La liseuse (The Reader)_Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702–1789)_1746

Wool and silk hat 1720-50

Navy blue Riding habit with elaborate gold frogging, gold braid covered buttons, white shirt with high collar frill, and frill at wrists; gloves; satin ribbon around wrist dangling hunting whistle. Detail from Portrait of a Young Woman of the Fortesque Family of Devon, c.1745, by Thomas Hudson.

"Mrs. Boere", c. 1746, by Jean-Étienne Liotard (Swiss, 1702-1789).