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Robe à la Française | c. 1750
Although eighteenth-century French garments are frequently distinguished by the lavishness of their textiles and trimmings, even the wealthiest members of society often used simpler materials for informal, everyday wear. The graphic impact of striped fabrics ensured their popularity in France throughout the reign of Louis XV, even as more complex brocaded fabrics from the grand fabrique in Lyon dominated for court wear.
The lustre of the yellow-and-white striped cloth of this robe à la française gives the appearance of a sumptuous satin; however, it is actually made from a textile called imberline, woven with a silk warp and a linen weft. Lyonnais regulations typically prohibited the mingling of silk with other fibers, but exceptions were granted for the weaving of imberline, which was also produced in Nîmes. Prized for its hard-wearing structure yet luxurious appearance, imberline also served as fabric for seating furniture and curtains. (via Cora Ginsburg)
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