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1775--American: Round Gown - The round gown was a simple style, similar to a Robe a l'Anglaise, with the exception that the skirt and petticoat are as one - it is not an open robe. Popular in the 1770s through the end of the 18th century, the round gown featured a front-closing bodice with no stomacher, and a drop-front skirt.
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.
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