Sunday, February 2, 2020

Museum Sunday: A French court gown, 1775.

Museum Sunday: a day for highlighting objects, books, and other items from the collections and lives of Marie Antoinette and her contemporaries.

 [credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art]

This stunning floral pink gown, circa 1775, is one of the most exceptoinal examples of existing French court gowns in existence today. Despite the passage of time, the gown has kept much of its colorful vibrancy and unlike many gowns from the 18th century, there are no alterations to make it suitable for fashions decades down the line. The color and floral patterns are similar to those favored by Marie Antoinette, and one can easily imagine the queen sporting a similar gown at court.

The gown is currently not on view, but was displayed in 2004 and then again in 2007 as part of two special exhibitions. More views of the gown and information can be found on the collection page at The Met.

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