ca. 1750 This dress was made of silk, with a linen bodice, and had cotton padding. The website suggests the gown was remolded in 1770. Typically the fabric from this gown would have been imported from Europe and then assembled in America. This represents an elegant evening gown for a woman of means in this time period. Website: http://www.ouramericanrevolution.org/index.cfm/object/view/ob0075

ca. 1750 This dress was made of silk, with a linen bodice, and had cotton padding. The website suggests the gown was remolded in 1770. Typically the fabric from this gown would have been imported from Europe and then assembled in America. This represents an elegant evening gown for a woman of means in this time period. Website: http://www.ouramericanrevolution.org/index.cfm/object/view/ob0075

ca. 1770-1775 This is another example of a women's riding habit. Here we see the waist coat is shorter than a man's would have been, but it has the same basic idea. The cinched waist allows for the bottom of the waist coat to flow out, covering the top of the petticoat. This would have been worn for outdoor activities such as walking, and sometimes riding horses. Website: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/i/interactive-womans-red-wool-riding-habit-1770-1775/

ca. 1770-1775 This is another example of a women's riding habit. Here we see the waist coat is shorter than a man's would have been, but it has the same basic idea. The cinched waist allows for the bottom of the waist coat to flow out, covering the top of the petticoat. This would have been worn for outdoor activities such as walking, and sometimes riding horses. Website: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/i/interactive-womans-red-wool-riding-habit-1770-1775/

2006/83/1 Open robe, womens, French silk brocade, maker unknown, England, 1770 - 1779 - Powerhouse Museum Collection

2006/83/1 Open robe, womens, French silk brocade, maker unknown, England, 1770 - 1779 - Powerhouse Museum Collection

Dress  Date: late 18th century Culture: Italian (probably) Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1940 Accession Number: C.I.40.173.5

Dress Date: late 18th century Culture: Italian (probably) Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1940 Accession Number: C.I.40.173.5

ca. 1774 This was published as a commentary on period dressing. The caption reads, "What is this my Son Tom./ Our wise Forefathers would express/ Ev'n Sensibility in Dress;/ The honest Farmer, come to Town, Can scarce believe his Son his own:/" The father believes his son to be too outlandish. The son is a macaroni, with his large wig, bright silks, and trimmed waist coat. Website: http://www.ouramericanrevolution.org/index.cfm/object/view/ob0220

ca. 1774 This was published as a commentary on period dressing. The caption reads, "What is this my Son Tom./ Our wise Forefathers would express/ Ev'n Sensibility in Dress;/ The honest Farmer, come to Town, Can scarce believe his Son his own:/" The father believes his son to be too outlandish. The son is a macaroni, with his large wig, bright silks, and trimmed waist coat. Website: http://www.ouramericanrevolution.org/index.cfm/object/view/ob0220

(left) Dress, yellow silk faille, circa 1770, USA (possibly), museum purchase, (right) Men’s coat, yellow silk, circa 1790,  USA (possibly), museum purchase

Trend-ology: New Exhibition to Open at The Museum at FIT

(left) Dress, yellow silk faille, circa 1770, USA (possibly), museum purchase, (right) Men’s coat, yellow silk, circa 1790, USA (possibly), museum purchase

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