In the 1790s, women's fashions moved away from the voluminous gowns that were popular in earlier decades. Any dress referred to as a "round gown" had a joined bodice and skirt. The waistline rose to just below the bust with a front closure. This round gown is made of silk fabric that dates to circa 1740-1750. It was not unusual for earlier 18th century gowns, made using large measures of cloth, to be picked apart and the fabric reused for a new fashionable style of dress.
Place object was created: England
Measurements: center back length: 57 inchesMuseum Purchase: Costume Collection Committee Fund in honor of Mrs. Elizabeth W. Laseter 1998.116
Currently on view at Mint Museum RANDOLPH