Evening/Afternoon Ensemble, With Afternoon Bodice, Texier St. Engley: ca. 1875, French, silk. "An air of coquettishness and youthful presence inform this set of French dress coordinates. The colorful and spritely decorative details lend a sense of whimsy. The choice of fabric and the inclusion of alternate bodices made this ensemble appropriate for both late day and evening wear."
Robe à la Française "Sack-back gown", c.1750-1760, France, Dress: liseré satin, grey and green silk. Lining: striped taffeta, green and violet silk. Green silk chenille appliqués. "This robe à la française is a copybook illustration of the Rococo aesthetic, which saw beauty as necessarily dynamic: the undulation of the flowers on the fabric and the silk chenille appliqués on the bodice were harmoniously matched by the swaying of the panniers as the wearer moved about."
Dinner ensemble (a, b) Kingsbury Designer: (c, d) Dupuis-Jacobs Date: 1874 Culture: French Medium: silk Metropolitan Museum of Art Accession Number: 2009.300.862a–d