Painted silk gown Musee McCord Museum, 1763.

Wedding Gown, Robe a la Francaise. worn by Mary Chaloner in Guiseborough, England/McCord Museum Montreal

1770s_V hand-painted silk; sack-back fabric

Detail fabric, robe à la Francaise (sack back gown), London and China (silk), Cream painted Chinese silk with floral motifs.

1763 Wedding dress. It is one of the few 18th-century silk gowns with a hand-painted floral design to be found in a North American museum. The soft cream silk was handwoven in China, where the floral pattern was handpainted in tones of lavender, blue, yellow, green and brown.

Rare hand-painted floral silk wedding gown worn by Mary Chaloner when she married Colonel John Hale in Image courtesy of McCord Museum.

1770s_Boston Museum of Fine Arts - Chinese painted silk textile; sack back gown, petticoat and compere (buttoned-front flaps style) stomacher

Museum of Fine Arts - Chinese painted silk textile; sack back gown, petticoat and compere (buttoned-front flaps style) stomacher

1770s_V hand-painted silk; sack-back

Sack back gown, London (made of Chinese silk), the Victoria & Albert Museum - This elegant robe and petticoat are fine examples of a woman’s formal daywear in the early In cut, fabric and design they were the height of fashion.


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