The robe de style silhouette, with its structural panniers augmenting the sides, is rendered by the Boué Soeurs as a light, flickering system of sheer, partially see-through layers rather than the hard carapace of eighteenth-century dresses. Whereas petticoats and inner structures of eighteenth-century clothing were solid and more or less rigid, the Boué Soeurs dress, despite the resemblance in silhouette, reveals its twentieth-century disposition in its lingerie-like revealing lightness, like the merest trellis for an arbor of silk flowers. A penchant for sweet, three-dimensional buds is, of course, shared by the rococo and the Boué Soeurs
Marking: [label] Boué Soeurs/9 rue de la Paix/13 West 56th Street, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "In Style: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Costume Institute," November 17, 1987–April 17, 1988.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Ceaseless Century," September 9, 1998–November 29, 1998.