1. This quilted cotton maternity jacket is part of three matching pieces in the Colonial Williamsburg collection. It dates from between 1780 and 1795, and is the only maternity related fashion currently held in the collection.

    This quilted cotton maternity jacket is part of three matching pieces in the Colonial Williamsburg collection. It dates from between 1780 and 1795, and is the only maternity related fashion currently held in the collection.

  2. Russian noblewoman Alexandra Branicka was painted by Leontiy Miropolskiy during her pregnancy in the 1780s wearing a simple, flowing house robe.

    Russian noblewoman Alexandra Branicka was painted by Leontiy Miropolskiy during her pregnancy in the 1780s wearing a simple, flowing house robe.

  3. By the 1780s masquerades had become an integral part of the social calender for London high society.
Interest in the goings on at these parties was so great that newspapers would often print a list of the characters the aristocracy had chosen to portray.
This particular list was published in the London Times on February 5, 1788, the day after the Pantheon Masquerade at the King’s Theatre.

    By the 1780s masquerades had become an integral part of the social calender for London high society.

    Interest in the goings on at these parties was so great that newspapers would often print a list of the characters the aristocracy had chosen to portray.

    This particular list was published in the London Times on February 5, 1788, the day after the Pantheon Masquerade at the King’s Theatre.

  4. A summery printed cotton afternoon gown and matching petticoat dating to circa 1785. Also note her very large fan, which although already a fashion necessity by the 1700s, would have had a far more practical use in the summer months.

    A summery printed cotton afternoon gown and matching petticoat dating to circa 1785. Also note her very large fan, which although already a fashion necessity by the 1700s, would have had a far more practical use in the summer months.

  5. An amazing striped French robe a l’anglaise made between 1785 and 1787.

    An amazing striped French robe a l’anglaise made between 1785 and 1787.

  6. Bold stripes were very much in vogue throughout the 1780s. This circa 1780 French robe retroussée also has a striped lining which can be seen due to the bustle-like style of the gown.

    Bold stripes were very much in vogue throughout the 1780s. This circa 1780 French robe retroussée also has a striped lining which can be seen due to the bustle-like style of the gown.

  7. By the 1780s floral decoration and stripes became two distinct styles which allowed for very striking striped gowns like this early 1780s robe à la française.

    By the 1780s floral decoration and stripes became two distinct styles which allowed for very striking striped gowns like this early 1780s robe à la française.

  8. This gown’s amazing floral silk material was hand painted in China in the 1760s. It was later imported to England where it was made into a Robe à l’anglaise circa 1785.

    This gown’s amazing floral silk material was hand painted in China in the 1760s. It was later imported to England where it was made into a Robe à l’anglaise circa 1785.

  9. In the past flowers and pastels weren’t just for women. Late 18th century menswear included a rainbow of soft colors that are now viewed as feminine. This waistcoat is British and dates to circa 1780.   

    In the past flowers and pastels weren’t just for women. Late 18th century menswear included a rainbow of soft colors that are now viewed as feminine. This waistcoat is British and dates to circa 1780.   

  10. A man’s French waistcoat from the 1780s featuring embroidered butterflies and beetles.

    A man’s French waistcoat from the 1780s featuring embroidered butterflies and beetles.