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Bodice (back view) Date: 1790s Culture: French Medium: silk, linen Accession Number: C.I.60.22.19a, b

Bodice (back view) Date: 1790s Culture: French Medium: silk, linen Accession Number: C.I.60.22.19a, b

Round gown.By the 1790s, the structure of clothing was undergoing dramatic change. This afternoon dress in the form of a round gown steadfastly keeps up appearances and can pass for eighteenth-century opulence, especially in its colors and textile richness. But the high-waisted dress, spencer, corset, and separate sleeves constitute a new anatomy, one that anticipates the century to come.

Round gown.By the 1790s, the structure of clothing was undergoing dramatic change. This afternoon dress in the form of a round gown steadfastly keeps up appearances and can pass for eighteenth-century opulence, especially in its colors and textile richness. But the high-waisted dress, spencer, corset, and separate sleeves constitute a new anatomy, one that anticipates the century to come.

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