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Object Number 1983.001.0007 a-d
Object Name Dress
Date 1740-1759
Culture English, attributed
Description Pale blue silk woven with silver leaf pattern. Dress: Pinked and pleated robings, a la francaise, 3 ruffles at sleeve. Skirt: matching, (altered). A - Dress. B - Underskirt. C- Installation stomacher. D- Fabric remnants (location: 201002).

*See condition tab for a report containing the analysis of the object's silk fibers

Original catalog card: C. 1740-1750, Robe a la francaise of pale blue silk brocaded with silver in large scrolling leaf pattern. Dress with open front with pinked and pleated self trim to ground, fitted sleeves with 3 ruffles at elbow, low back with box pleats opening to train, 2 silver buttons at side waist. Underskirt of same brocade with 3 ruffles pleated and pinked.

"On February 25, 1978, Shannon Rodgers purchased a 'blue silk robe and petticoat brocaded in sliver, English, 1750,' from Cora Ginsburg Antique Textiles in New York City. At the time, the dress was configured in a style approximating the 1770s, athought the textile was probably created before 1750. Obvioulsy restyled several times, at least once with a sewing machine, the dress begged to be resotred to its former glory. Fashion student Kristina Hill became intrigued with the dress and chose to restore it as her Senior Honors Thesis. She worked diligently over eighteen months ato decipher the alterations and discovered a silhouette more in keeping with the textile. The bits and pieces fit together much like a jigsaw puzzle with a few missing pieces re-created with digital embroidery." (25th Anniversary exhibit label copy 2010, Jean Druesedow)
Material Silk/Silver
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Lexicon sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Credit line Silverman/Rodgers Collection
Exhibit History-Exhibit # 21, 134,