KCIDigital Archives

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Dress (robe à l'anglaise)

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama

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Dress (robe à l'anglaise)

c. 1785 - France

Pale blue striped silk; "compères" front; matching petticoat.
Inventory Number(s)
AC4320 82-17-39AB

A dress of a blue and pale blue thin-striped pattern, along with a soft luster. In order to pull up the gown's hem, a cord is attached to it, which makes it possible to wear as robe à la Polonaise, as well. In the latter half of the 18th century, clothing went toward simplification in particular women's clothing advanced toward a functional direction without the formality. Even textiles for dress with a light texture entered the mainstream. Moreover, the preference to striped patterns that became the fashions that involve all the classes from this period also shows such a tendency.