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Formal Open Robe with Petticoat

circa 1770-1785

Unknown English Maker (, - present)

To dress a robe à la Polonaise is to use ribbons or cords to tie the skirt into three poufs. In the last quarter of the 18th century, this style was reportedly created in response to the country of Poland being divided into three kingdoms.

Fly fringe is a form of knotting that developed in the 18th century. This handmade trim consists of tiny silk floss fringes, tufts and miniature tassels. Knotting was a common pastime among privileged women of the 18th century.

Place object was created: England

silk brocade, linen

Museum Purchase: Auxiliary Costume Fund 2009.33.4A-B

Currently on view at Mint Museum RANDOLPH