Robe à la polonaise

About 1785, altered at a later date

Object Place: France


Center back (overdress): 147 cm (57 7/8 in.) Center back (petticoat): 89 cm (35 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave, block-printed

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Block printed cotton in polychrome on white with Indian style floral motifs. Robe à la polonaise: square neckline; Watteau back; short fitted sleeves; side fullness gathered into pleats; ribbon front closure to hook-and-eye at waist; linen and cotton lining. Quilted petticoat: fullness cartridge pleated into tan linen tape waistband; linen suspender tapes; narrow horizontal quilting at base. a(robe), b(petticoat).

Formerly thought to be a robe à l’anglaise.

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection