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  • Morgan

    18th c. blog: 1770s robe a la polonaise / Love the dress....obviously, but I also think she did an excellent job on her hair.

  • Abigail Dupree Polston

    Lovely polonaise based on the late 1770s polonaise pattern in The Cut of Women's Clothes by Norah Waugh. Via 18th Century Blog.

  • Stephani Miller

    18th c. blog: 1770s robe a la polonaise / LOVE the color combo!

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Robe a la polonaise is a style of gown that debuts around 1776 and is denoted not only by the fact that it’s looped up in the back, but more importantly its cut-away front - a precursor to the zone gowns of the 1790s.

The Met, Robe a la Polonaise, 1787: This popular style was named for the division of Poland into three parts in 1772, symbolized by the three portions of the skirt, when drawn up. The Robe a la Polonaise also features a cutaway bodice styled like a man's frock coat, and worn over a gilet, or vest. There is no waist seam, and the bodice hangs loosely from the center front. The Robe a la Polonaise was in fashion in the 1770s and 1780s.

There are so many talented costumers out there and although until now I’ve refrained from posting their work, I feel that some, one of them being cazonetta, truly deserve attention from a larger audience. Robe a la polonaise.

Fripperies and Fobs Robe à la française, 1770’s From the Royal Ontario Museum on Twitter

Rococo Atelier: Proper robe à la polonaise: Inspiration and some research

robe à l'Anglaise à la Polonaise, via The Aristocat

Robe à la Française, Mid 18th century, Met Museum. American. Probably from the late 60s-the 80s.

Too bright and shiny, and a bit too late in the period, but maybe a good place to start -- 18th Century Robe a la Francais in by HandBoundCostumes on Etsy

Back view of the Velvet Sacque Back with Glimpses of the Cuff Trim and Lace

Robe à la Française dressed à la Polonaise circa 1760-1780. Silk brocade with a field of flowers and lived trimmed with "fly" fringe.