Dandridge Robe à la française: ca. 1750 (textile), ca. 1770 (gown remodeled), American, Spitalfields (silk), silk lustring  with brocaded floral bouquet entwined with weft-float pattern of trailing vine and flowers, open front style (with matching petticoat), flounced and lined sleeves, trimmings padded with cotton, embellished with colored silk fly-fringe. [Search for Acc. No. 1975-340,1]

Colonial Williamsburg collection gown owned by Elizabeth Dandridge (Martha Washington's sister) and descended in Elizabeth's family. It was bequeathed to be cut up and used as upholstery fabric, but fortunately remained intact.

Robe à la française (side view): ca. 1750-1760, French, silk damask taffeta, lined with linen, trimmed.

Love that there is still a defined lower back and waist. Robe à la française (side view): ca. French, silk damask taffeta, lined with linen, trimmed.

"Mrs Bowles, Wife of Canon Bowles, and Her Child", Thomas Hudson, ca. 1755; Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum 1956.96

"Mrs Bowles, Wife of Canon Bowles, and Her Child", Thomas Hudson, ca.

French Silk Dress, 1740

Robe à la française (back), France, Yellow satin, brocaded silk with naturalistic background polychrome decorated with shrubs and flower bouquets. Pagoda sleeved bodice with 2 pleated ruffles. (c) Photo Coutau-Begarie

Anne Streatfeild, née Sidney, natural daughter of the 7th Earl of Leicester and wife of Henry Streatfeild by Arthur Devis, 1756.

1756 Anne Streatfeild, née Sidney, natural daughter of the Earl of Leicester and wife of Henry Streatfeild by Arthur Devis (auctioned by Bonham's)

Robe à la française, German, ca. 1750s, KSUM 2002.35.7 ab.

A Closer Look at an 18th-Century Gown

Marie Antoinette's Playhouse on Tumbler: Robe a la francaise ca. From the Kent State University Museum

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