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Ballgown, 1780-85 France, Musée des Tissus de Lyon This dress, also called “robe parée”, is a ball dress. The skirt is worn over a pannier which, early 1780, was less ample than the one used under the dress “à la française”. The decoration consists of appliqué painted flowers, gauze flounces and extremely refined embroideries. It exemplifies the dresses Rose Bertin, Marie-Antoinette’s dressmaker, used to create for the queen.

French Riding ensemble - c. 1905 - Silk, metal thread, ostrich feathers - Marking: 'Morin Blossier, Paris' and 'Her Majesty Queen Alexandra' - The Metropolitan Museum of Art - @~ Mlle