Date: ca. 1795
Medium: silk, linen
Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1979
Accession Number: 1979.20a–e, g
By the 1790s, the structure of clothing was undergoing dramatic change. This afternoon dress in the form of a round gown steadfastly keeps up appearances and can pass for eighteenth-century opulence, especially in its colors and textile richness. But the high-waisted dress, spencer, corset, and separate sleeves constitute a new anatomy, one that anticipates the century to come.