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Robe parts

  • Place of origin:

    France (textile, embroidered)
    France (ensemble, sewing)
    Victoria and Albert Museum (reconstructed)

  • Date:

    1780-1789 (embroidered)
    1780 - 1789 (sewing)
    after 1913 (reconstructed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread, whalebone; hand-woven, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn

  • Museum number:

    T.725-1913

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woman's robe à la piedmontese and petticoat of pale green silk, embroidered to shape in a floral design, with coloured silks. The robe is open at the front with elbow-length sleeves and single sleeve ruffles. The bodice has a round neck and meets at centre front. The bodice is separate from the skirts, with a deep point at the back. It is cut in 3 parts, lined with linen, reinforced with 4 bones, and then stitched together. There is a boned lacing band with 9 worked eyelets, inside each bodice front. The skirts are made with 7 widths of silk and flat pleated into the waist seam. At the centre back, two double box pleats extend from the skirt to the back neck of the bodice.

The petticoat is made of 4 widths of silk and 2 pieced widths at the back.

The ensemble may have originally been made as a sack, and then converted to a robe à la piedmontese, using silk from the back petticoat to make a new bodice, and replacing it with glazed bleached linen.

At some point in the 19th century the petticoat was taken apart and the centre front panel of silk cut in two vertically. The skirt of the robe was removed and a width of silk on the right side used for some other purpose. The sleeves were unpicked.

The ensemble was reconstructed after acquisition for Museum display.

Place of Origin

France (textile, embroidered)
France (ensemble, sewing)
Victoria and Albert Museum (reconstructed)

Date

1780-1789 (embroidered)
1780 - 1789 (sewing)
after 1913 (reconstructed)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread, whalebone; hand-woven, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn

Dimensions

Length: 176.0 cm shoulder to hem at centre back of reconstructed robe approx, Circumference: 86.5 cm bust under armholes of reconstructed robe approx, Width: 55.5 cm silk, selvedge to selvedge

Descriptive line

A woman's robe à la piedmontese and petticoat, 1780s, French; Pale green silk, embroidered with coloured silks, French, 1780s; reconstructed after acquisition

Materials

Silk (textile); Linen (material); Silk thread; Linen thread; Whalebone

Techniques

Hand weaving; Hand embroidery; Hand sewing

Categories

Textiles

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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