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Robe, mid-18th century French Patterened light blue ribbed silk, brocaded in polychrome silks, metallic gold, and silver This formal dress is believed to have belonged to a young girl. Until the last quarter of the eighteenth century, children were dressed as miniature adults, with girls being put into corseted bodices from about three years of age, graduating to adult dress when 12 or so.