Pink silk brocade robe a la Francaise (1770-1780), from the Tasha Tudor Historic Costume Collection

Pink silk brocade robe a la Francaise from the Tasha Tudor Historic Costume Collection. Sack back open gown of rose pink ribbed silk brocaded with scattered multicolored flower sprays and small cream flower sprigs.

Wedding dress of silk, 1770, Sweden, with silver embroidery, belonged to "Aunt Ulla" Ulrica Christina Cronstedt (1756 - 1841) on Gärdesta. Altered at a later date with machine stitching. Consisting of four pieces, also an apron (not shown) Sörmlands museum

Wedding dress of pink silk, Sweden, with silver embroidery, belonged to "Aunt Ulla" Ulrica Christina Cronstedt - on Gärdesta. Altered at a later date with machine stitching. Consisting of four pieces, also an apron (not shown) Sörmlands museum

1890s underpinnings

I think she has just unfastened her bodice. Corset (no cover) tied at back. Petticoat (or drawers, i guess) must be held low in front by the corset hook. Chemise under the corset. Is this a strip-tease?

Women’s underwear served two purposes in the 18th century. The hoops were also made of linen and stiffened with whalebone or cane. They shaped the petticoat of the gown to the appropriate silhouette. At various times in the 18th century this profile varied from round, to square and flat, to fan-shaped.

Women’s underwear served two purposes in the century. The hoops were also made of linen and stiffened with whalebone or cane. They shaped the petticoat of the gown to the appropriate silhouette.

Queen Maud of Norway's Red Evening Gown - 1910-13 - Style and Splendour - Victoria and Albert Museum - @~ Mlle

Queen Maud of Norway - Red Evening Gown, - Style and Splendour, Victoria and Albert Museum

Emile Pingat design, 1878 Cream silk brocade, lace, gold and yellow satin - sleeve detail

Emile Pingat design, 1878 Cream silk brocade, lace, gold and yellow satin - sleeve detail Chicago History Museum

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