The dress consists of a mantua (a gown worked in one piece) and a jupe (skirt), France, 1770. A so-called Watteau-pleat is fixed at the square-necked low back. The pleat is named after the French painter Antoine Watteau (1684-1721), who captures this voluminously hanging wealth of material in some of his paintings.
Woman’s Robe à la Française, circa 1770 Costume/clothing principle attire/entire body, Cotton plain weave, block-printed and dye-painted, with silk passementerie, Center back length: 61 in. (154.94 cm)