Robe à la Française, 1740s : Women with coquettish airs were wearing robes à la française and robes à l'anglaise throughout the period between 1720 and 1780. The silhouette of the robe à la française, composed of a funnel-shaped bust feeding into wide rectangular skirts, allowed for expansive amounts of textiles with delicate decoration.
Cocktail dress Designer: Arnold Scaasi (American, born Montreal, Canada, 1931) Date: ca. 1958 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 44 in. (111.8 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Kay Kerr, 1965