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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery; [HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst
gown: robe and petticoat
textile: silk, silk taffeta, linen, silk and linen thread
Mrs. Helen Geier Flynt
Woman's gown with an open robe (sack back or robe a la francaise) and matching petticoat made of gold silk damask, pink silk taffeta facing, and a linen bodice lining using silk and linen thread. The garment features cuffs, possibly referred to in the 18th century as en raquette, and has no ornamental trim. From about 1710-1790, decorative petticoats were fashionable for wearing under an "open robe," a style of dress that is open across the center front of the skirt. The petticoat could be made to match the dress fabric, such as this example, embroidered, or made of a contrasting solid color.
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