Sack back dress

The effect of skilfully colour matched three-dimensional flowers created by the weaver and braidmaker enliven this formal gown. Netted bows match the flounced cuffs. Passed down through the Pennell family, well-known landowners in Dawlish.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Clothing and accessories
Common Name
sack back dress
Simple Name
Full Name
open robe, sack back dress
waist width 630 mm; bust 670 mm
Period Classification
George II (1727-1760); George III (1760-1811)
Production Date
c 1760
Production Year Low
Production Year High
Production Continent
Family Group

silk, brocade; lace and net, linen thread ; silk braid trimming (narrow silk trim); silk fly-braid and linen thread lace trimming (robings only; silk and lace trim); bodice lining
Function Name
formal gown, sack back gown aka robe à la Française
Function Detail
See 41/1951/2/2 and 41/1951/2/3

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