DressDate: Culture: British Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 58 in. cm) Length at CB (b): 39 in. cm) Credit Line: Gift of Joan F. Wilson in memory of Isabel Marindin Ferguson, 1980 Accession Number: b
Robe à la Française Date: Culture: French Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 59 in. cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, H.
Robe à la française (worn à la Polonaise) with Attached Stomacher: ca. French, silk taffeta woven with shaded stripes, bodice and sleeves lined with linen, cuffs lined with wool flannel, stitched in silk thread. Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Despite their apparently rigid construction, century bodices were actually fairly malleable when it came to accommodating pregnancy. The use of stomachers left the front of the bodice open allowing pregnant women to either use larger stomachers.