Mantua | V&A Search the Collections Place of origin: England, Great Britain (made) Date: ca. 1720 (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Silver brocaded silk, lined and faced with silk Museum number: T.88 to C-1978 Gallery location: In Storage
This 1760s gown features a rose-red silk with trails of ivory flowers woven in a complex technique. The fabric, a type of silk known as gros de tours, dates from the 1740s, but the gown itself has been remade into the style of the 1760s. It may have started out as a fashionable 1740s sack-back gown and would have featured the ‘wing’ cuff sleeve popular during that decade. In the 1760s, the garment was restyled into the popular English style of gown with pleated back.