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W A T T E A U  B A C K

“Fashion is haughty, trifling, affected, servile, despotic, mean and ambitious, precise and fantastical, all in a breath – tied to no rule, and bound to conform to every whim of the minute.”

 

                                                                                                     William Hazlitt

A dress with a loose fitting, waterfall-like back became known as the Watteau, after the artist who painted women in these gowns.

 

                                                       Dress, ca. 1770.

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