Polonaise Gown, c. 1780 Polonaise gown, hand-painted and hand-sewn reproduction of an extant ensemble at the Metropolitan Museum of Art . Silk calash, hand-sewn reproduction of an extant item in the collection of Pottsgrove Manor. Left, reproduction gown with calash, right, original gown back view. Exotic goods from the East were always highly desirable in fashionable European society, whether home furnishings of rare woods, ladies’ ivory fans, or textiles for expensive garments.
Tambourine hat (it has been called, since this Print, the "beautiful leg" hat**); the edges folded up, of plain gauze like the gown trim; the crown or toque of material that matches the polonaise or the ribbon, pleated and held by three double rows of pearls, which are held up with sequined buttons
"Robe à l'Anglaise, the bodice laced in the back, the skirt is tucked up,* the sleeves of a color different from that of the Gown, the whole edged with a very narrow ribbon of any desired color." (1784)