Sack-back gown


Sack-back gown

The sack-back gown or "robe à la française" was a women's fashion of the 18th century. At the beginning of the century, the sack-back gown was a very informal style of dress. By the 1770s it was second only to court dress in its formality. This style of gown had fabric at the back arranged in box pleats at the shoulders and which fell loose to the floor with a slight train. It would have been worn with a wide square hoop or panniers under the petticoat. In front, the gown was open, showing off a decorative stomacher and petticoat. Scalloped ruffles often trimmed elbow-length sleeves, which were worn with separate frills called engageantes.

ee also

* 1700-1750 in fashion
* 1750-1795 in fashion

Bibliography

*cite book|author=Jackson, Anna (ed.)|title= V&A: A Hundred Highlights|publisher=V&A Publications|year=2001
*Ribeiro, Aileen: "The Art of Dress: Fashion in England and France 1750-1820", Yale University Press, 1995, ISBN 0-300-06287-7
*Ribeiro, Aileen: "Dress in Eighteenth Century Europe 1715-1789", Yale University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-300-09151-6


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