Woman's dress

about 1770

Object Place: France


Costume (bodice): 11 in. (28 cm) Length (dress): 152.4 cm (60 in.) Center back (dress): 152.4 cm (60 in.) Center back (skirt): 91 cm (35 13/16 in.) Length (stomacher): 29.5 cm (11 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk cannelle patterned with weft floats and brocaded with silk thread

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



White silk rep brocaded with polychrome silk in scrolling floral sprays and baskets; trim of silk thread tied in rosette bows. Overdress: trimmed, pleated panels along front line; short, fitted sleeves with trimmed, double asymmetrical dagged ruffles; sack (Watteau) back; wide flat panier accomodating skirt with slits off hip line; linen liner gathered with tapes at back. Underskirt (matching except white brocaded floral silk at upper rear): fullness controlled by draw tapes at far sides, two small pleats at front; two horizontal bands of trimmed box pleats at front base; cotton or linen and silk linings at base. Stomacher with horizontal bands of trim, cotton lining.


The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection; Gift to the MFA, Boston, 1943

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The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection