1. The early 18th century arrival of the loose-fitting robe volante into mainstream formal fashion (it had previously been worn only as very informal wear or negligee) must have been a boon to women seeking fashionable maternity wear.
This gorgeous extant example is from the Kyoto Costume Institute and dates to circa 1720.

    The early 18th century arrival of the loose-fitting robe volante into mainstream formal fashion (it had previously been worn only as very informal wear or negligee) must have been a boon to women seeking fashionable maternity wear.

    This gorgeous extant example is from the Kyoto Costume Institute and dates to circa 1720.

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