Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Dress (open robe), 1795
    English
    Silk, cotton
    Gift of Irene Lewisohn, 1937 (C.I.37.46.1)

    The Empire dress owes its name, physical emancipation, popularity, and even its sexiness to France. In this English example, French style is slavishly followed in the gown's high waist and modish stripes. But for all its classicizing details and shape, the gown retains vestiges of the ancien régime in its open-robe construction.

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  • Dress (open robe), 1795
    English
    Silk, cotton
    Gift of Irene Lewisohn, 1937 (C.I.37.46.1)

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