Overdress of a robe à l’anglaise - ROM2010_11224_3

ROM2010_11224_3

Overdress of a robe à l’anglaise

Medium:Chintz: cotton tabby, painted mordants and resist
Geography: Made in coastal southeast India for the European market, dress likely constructed in Britain
Date: c. 1780
Dimensions:
118.5 cm
Object number: 972.202.12
On view
Gallery Location:The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume
DescriptionThis cotton dress would have been the height of fashionable luxury both in terms of its fitted bodice and the distinctive textile from which it was made. The Indian chintz, with red speckled ground and a pattern of fancy stripes interlaced with flower sprays and garlands, is entirely hand-painted. It was designed as yardage that could be used for either costume or furnishing. It emulates the fashionable European woven silks of the period, clearly indicating that it was intended for Western consumption.
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