KCIDigital Archives

The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and text information for the objects in the collection, arranged in chronological order.

Dress (round gown)

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Taishi Hirokawa

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Dress (round gown)

c. 1795 - Italy

White silk taffeta brocade one-piece dress; green silk and gold embroidery and sequins; pin-tucks at top of front; fly fringe and tassel ornamentation.
Inventory Number(s)
AC9124 1994-14-2

Around the 1789 French Revolution, the Rococo period's extravagant dresses of brilliant hues changed, becoming simple, white dresses. In this period, the "round gown" appeared, and at the beginning of the 19h century, during the transition to the wildly popular white muslin dress, is when high-waist, one-piece dresses, as shown here, were in vogue. The dress shown here utilizes luxurious textiles, while exhibiting the shape of the new century. It often appeared in fashion plates by Nicholas Heideloff in his "Gallery of Fashion "(1794-1802, London).