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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
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
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.
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.