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. This shape would be renewed in the 1880s and 1890s, as one fin de siècle recapitulated the preceeding fin de siècle.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Eighteenth-Century Woman," January 1, 1981–January 2, 1982.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Ceaseless Century," September 9, 1998–November 29, 1998.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Two by Two," September 10, 1996–November 17, 1996.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Age Of Napoleon," December 13, 1989–April 15, 1990.