Evening dress (open robe) - ROM2009_10909_9

ROM2009_10909_9

Evening dress (open robe)

Medium:Cotton tabby with open work embroidery of gilt lamella
Geography: England
Date: 1795 – 1800
Period: George III (r. 1760-1820), Georgian
Object number: 959.243.6
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. B.W. Horan
Not on view
DescriptionThis open robe or dress with a high waist is made of a light-weight textile. It dates to a transitional period in fashion at the end of the 18th century when fine sewing skills were required to manipulate delicate fabrics. This sheer cotton has been embroidered in the new Neoclassical taste for simple, regular repeat patterns, in this case a meander and sprig. The light-weight textile in Neoclassical taste made the earlier 18th-century silks look heavy and old-fashioned. The use of complete widths and minimal cutting continued 18th-century dressmaking techniques that respected the high price of the cloth. The dress is essentially made from two lengths. The front is cut in one piece with the collar, and the back is made from an uncut width flowing from the gathered and high waist. The embroidery is worked in lamella, a flat gilt thread, in a classical meander and sprig with open work repeat pattern.
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