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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.

Robe à la française, manteau de robe et jupe, France, vers 1760

Female overskirt from 1630, violet damask italian silk.

Luckly I have seen this amazing dress when I was in Berlin. there was a fashion exhibition in the history museum. Ball Gown c.1865 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Robe à la Française, 1775, LeinengewebeManteau, Germany, silk in light pink to burgundy. MK Hamburg

Robe à la Française 1770s The Kyoto Costume Institute (OMG that dress!)

Robe à la Française 1770s The Kyoto Costume Institute

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)

Robe (women). Silk, white and purple patterned into stripes, Manteau, cotter pin and Jupe. 1750 - 1800

Rokoko - (1730 bis 1770/1780)

Promenade dress, probably English, ca. 1867. Silk moiré, two pieces.