1770-1780 Sack back open gown of rose pink ribbed silk brocaded with scattered multicolored flower sprays and small cream flower sprigs, looped cream silk fringe trim, bodice with pendant self fabric bands to cross-over and pin under arms, center front eyelets forlacing, skirt knife pleated to bodice, interior linen waist tapes and loops for polonaise effect, homespun linen bodice and sleeve linings, hem deeply faced with soft cream China silk.

Back view, robe à la Francaise, Rose pink ribbed silk brocaded with scattered multicolored flower sprays and small cream flower sprigs, looped cream silk fringe trim, bodice with pendant self fabric bands to cross-over and pin under arms;

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection

Robe à la Française 1770 The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Zinnia oon the left, Temp on the right)

Dress (Robe à la Française).  Date: 1760–70. Culture: French. Medium: silk, cotton. Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 54 in. (137.2 cm).

Robe à la Française, detail - French - the MET [Nice view showing the plain fabric of the top/back of the petticoat, hidden under the gown, as well as the drawstrings for arranging over side hoops and the hook and ring that closes the waistband.

Dress and petticoat of fine white Indian muslin embellished with elaborate tambour embroidery: 1790 -- Museum of London.

Dress and petticoat of fine white Indian muslin embellished with elaborate tambour embroidery: 1790 -- High quality art prints, framed prints, canvases -- Museum of London Prints. The lacing makes me think it might be a good gown for maternity wear.

Scarlet satin shoes, Great Britain, 1775-1785. Red satin, decorated with white satin, tapered Louis heel, Sharp toe, flax lining. All borders are covered with white satin ribbon. Buckles missing. Shoe icons. http://eng.shoe-icons.com/collection/object.htm?id=973

Scarlet satin shoes, Great Britain, Louis heel, flax lining. All borders are covered with white satin ribbon. Buckles missing. Just waiting for velcro.

Scarlet satin high white leather heel shoes, Great Britain, c 1775-1785

SHOES: Scarlet satin high white leather heel shoes, Great Britain, c

Dress (Robe à la Française)  1750–75

Three views of this lovely gown that Diana might have worn for a special occasion: Dress (Robe à la Française), French, silk. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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