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
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.
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 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.