Dress (altered Robe a la Francaise)

English or French
About 1765–75

Object Place: England?


CB: 187 cm (73 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Louis XVI Style (fabric was woven and embroidered in China for the Western market); meandering flowers embroidered with polychrome silk threads on cream silk satin background, trimmed with ruchina

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Dress with Watteau pleats in back, hanging from the square-cut neckline. Closed bodice, open skirt, allowance for paniers on the sides, pagoda sleeve with double ruffle. White satin embroidered in polychrome silks in floral designs: bouquets and scrolling vines. (Petticoat: 1970.338b)

Credit Line

Gift of Prince Serge Belosselsky