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The remarkable characteristic of ROBE A LA FRANCAISE OR SACK BACK are the highly structured box pleats, which are attached to the neck of the bodice and flow delicately down the back of the gown into a short train. This style was often decorated lavishly with puffs, bows, lace, ribbons, cording, etc.

This robe à la française shows the silhouette most associated with eighteenth-century dress. The conical bodice and the rectangular skirts both function as vehicles for the display of the dressmaker's art in that era

Hat, 1760s, LACMA or V?

1770 Woman's Closed Robe of Silk embroidery on silk-and-linen satin; linen lining, Probably English. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA.

Robe à la Française Date: 1765–70 Culture: French Medium: silk Accession Number: 2009.300.854

Robe à la Française Date: Culture: French Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 52 in. cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs.

Ephemeral Elegance | Striped Satin Robe a la Française, ca. 1770s via...

robe à la francaise, Blue and white striped, figured and rose-sprigged silk satin, pleated and ruffled robings edged in silk fly braid, petticoat with ruched furbelows.

1740  Very beautiful fabric and construction.  Too bad the stomacher is missing!

French robe à la française, without a stomacher. The stomacher was not always sewn to the gown; often it was pinned or simply held in place by the lacings. It could be changed out to create different looks (or accommodate for a change in girth).

Robe a la francaise retrousee ca. 1765-80 From the Philadelphia...

Robe à la française (worn à la Polonaise) with Attached Stomacher: ca. French, silk taffeta woven with shaded stripes, bodice and sleeves lined with linen, cuffs lined with wool flannel, stitched in silk thread. Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.