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Date Made:1785-1790
Materials:textile: polychrome plain weave silk (taffeta) with warp patterned brocading threads (lisere?); bleached (white) plain weave linen bodice lining; cream plain weave wool hem facing
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; Spitalfields (possibly)
Accession Number:  HD F.252
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Henry N. Flynt

Woman's gown made up of a robe with closed bodice and open skirt. The garment is made from a plain weave plaid silk in yellow, green and pink, with warp-faced brocaded stripes in a geomtric pattern colored in greenm rust and white, respectively. This gown illustrates the decreasing importance of silk design in fashionable women's dress as lighter, pastel colors and smaller, simpler motifs influenced by emrbroidered cottons took over. The back of the robe is constructed as a robe a l'anglaise, that is, with center back farbic continuous from neck to hem and pleated and stitched into place down the center bodice back, where it is released at the small of the bacl for added skirt fullness. The sleeves are fairly long, extending about midway down the forearm of the wearer. Each sleeve ends in a doubel row of self fabric robings suggesting a wide cuff. The same robings edge the wide, low neckling. Garment is heavily pieced. The bodice is lined in a white plain weave linen lining. A newer cream wool facing has been added to the skirt hem at some point after the fashionable life of the garment. Thedre have also been bright green thread eyes added inside the center front bodice opening on either side. A brocaded silk gown in the collection of the Newport Historical Society, acc. #D.17, dating to about 1770 has a somewhat similar geometric design).

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