- Close-bodied gown
A close-bodied gown, English nightgown, or robe à l'anglaise was a women's fashion of the 18th century. The bodice of this style of dress was closed in front and fitted to the waist in back. Like the earlier sack-back gown or robe à la française, it featured pleats from the shoulder, but in this style the pleats were stitched down to mould the gown closely to the body until the fullness was released into the skirt. The gown was usually worn with a matching or contrasting petticoat and featured elbow-length sleeves, which were finished with separate frills called engageantes.
A similar gown with the skirts looped up was called a robe à la Polonaise.
Robe a l'anglaise (closed gown) with matching petticoat, French, 1784-87, Cotton, metal, and silk. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991.204a, b
- 1700–1750 in fashion
- 1750–1795 in fashion
- Ribeiro, Aileen: The Art of Dress: Fashion in England and France 1750–1820, Yale University Press, 1995, ISBN 0-300-06287-7
- Freshman, Philip, Dorothy J. Schuler, and Barbara Einzig, eds (1983). An Elegant Art: Fashion & Fantasy in the Eighteenth Century, Abrams/Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ISBN 0875871119
- Takeda, Sharon Sadako, and Kaye Durland Spilker (2010). Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700 - 1915, LACMA/Prestel USA, ISBN 9783791350622
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