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Bright yellow silk robe à la française with white linen and cotton ruffles, British, ca. 1760. Monochrome, but in a bright canary yellow guaranteed to catch anyone's attention across a room, this exceptionally well-preserved gown with trimmings represents the apogee of the form. The absence of ornament, other than basic ruffles, makes this a perfect example, free from distractions and affirming thereby the adorned beauty of 18th C. silhouette and style, so often masked under frills and coquetry.
1760 British SUIT This magnificent wool suit remarkably survives complete with all of its components. Because elements of menswear were often retailored to accommodate changes in the wearers size or in fashion, this ensemble in essentially unaltered condition is an exceedingly rare example.
Dress Date: ca. 1760 Culture: British Medium: silk, linen, cotton Dimensions: a) L. at center back: 57 in. (144.6 cm). b) L. at center back: 34 in. (86.3 cm). c) L. at center back: 11 7/8 (30.3 cm). Credit Line: Purchase, Arlene Cooper Fund and Polaire Weissman Bequest Fund, 1996