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Object Number 1983.001.0008 a-c
Object Name Dress
Date 1760-1779
Culture English, attributed
Description Yellow silk faille self fly fringe. A- Dress: pleated self trim, fringe trim, elbow sleeves. B- Skirt: scalloped ruffle and trim. C- Installation stomacher.

Original catalog card: C. 1750 Sunflower yellow silk faille polonaise. Dress with bodice to V at waist, pleated self trim and fly fringe in S scroll, open skirt with large robings, skirt drawn up at sides with "francaise" open pleat in back, elbow length sleeves with 2 ruffles. Underskirt with large scalloped ruffle and self trim with yellow fly fringe. On mannequin.

"Yellow faille open robe and petticoat. Unknown maker, probably from France or England,
ca. 1760s-1770s, altered subsequently. Non-original lace at the neckline, reproduction
stomacher and engageantes (sleeve-ruffles). This silk gown with its flowing back pleats à la Française worn draped, à la Polonaise, was probably dyed with weld, a vegetable dye cultivated actively in France but originally of eastern origin. It was introduced in Europe in the eighteenth century and was highly valued for dyeing silk. It was often used with other European-grown dyes such as saffron, cultivated in Hungary and Spain, and sumac, grown in Southern Europe, to create different shades of yellow. It's use extended into the twentieth century." (Right Chemistry label copy, 2005)
Material Silk faille
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Lexicon sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Credit line Silverman/Rodgers Collection
Exhibit History-Exhibit # 14, 125, 162, 58, 173