It’s not everyday that one is fortunate enough to handle an 18th century robe a la francaise. While dressing for the upcoming Timeline exhibit I snapped a couple of details to share. None of the expensive silk faille went to waste. The widths of fabric making up the skirt and petticoat were stitched using the selvedges as seam allowance. In the picture below you can catch a glimpse of the pink and blue stripes of the selvedge peeking out behind the small hand stitches.
Just wait until you see the entire dress. It’s in the photo studio right now so be sure to check in tomorrow!
Joanne Arnett, Curatorial Assistant