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Object Number 1983.001.0010 ab
Object Name Dress
Date 1770-1790
Culture English
Description Ivory silk brocaded with vertical self stripe, small flowers. Dress: self stomacher, cut away bodice. Skirt: matching with ruffle. Spitalfield silk
Ivory Robe à l'anglaise (Dress) and Matching Petticoat, England, ca.1770-90.
Silk brocade woven with vertical stripes and small floral design. Open robe cut away from center front to reveal underbodice, both trimmed with self-fabric robings. Worn as formal day or evening wear. Bodice and sleeves lined with natural linen.

English 1770-90
Women's clothing in the 18th century was shaped from large rectangles with very little fabric wasted. Pleating was used to shape the garment at the waist and sleeves. (from Pretty Pleats exhibition gallery guide, 2013)

Original catalog card: 1770's, Ivory silk brocaded dress. Silk self brocaded with vertical ribbed stripes and scrolling vine, additional brocade with pinks and red flowers with green leaves scattered overall. Dress with wide neck and cut away front revealing self-stomacher, pleated self trim with chenille braid at neck, at front and center stomacher, fitted elbow sleeves with self vertical pleating at elbow, fitted back with pleats opening at waist. Underskirt with applied hem ruffle. Added in pencil: English c. 1770 (D.G. 11-94)
Material Silk
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Lexicon sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Credit line Silverman/Rodgers Collection
Exhibit History-Exhibit # 29, 58, 181