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.
Evening dress, 1870’s From the Museo de Historia Mexicana
Brocade Sack Back Open Robe (1765-1775). Shrimp silk, narrow pale ivory stripes brocaded w/ scattered floral baskets & sprigs, elbow length sleeves, self ruched fabric w/ fly fringe edge trims on sleeves and dress front opening, multicolor striped silk lining, dull red linen bodice lining with 3 center back ties, sleeve linings in ivory and navy wide striped linen homespun, 2 side slits in skirt.
Ladies Dress (robe à l'anglaise), c. 1785, Landesmuseum Württemberg.