Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Robe Volante

Robe Volante, France, 1735.
Les Arts Decoratifs

A little about the robe volante, an early 18th century style of gown, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

"This robe volante is an exceedingly rare example of a well-documented form of dress that marked the transition from the mantua of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries to the robe à la française, the dress style that became ubiquitous in the eighteenth century. The unstructured silhouette of the robe volante, with its unbroken expanses of cloth, made it particularly appropriate for the display of large-scale patterning."

Jean-François de Troy, The Declaration of Love, 1731
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Robe Volante, France, 1725.
Les Arts Decoratifs

Robe volante, France, 1730's.
Metropolitan Museum of Art


  1. Nice way to hide a voluminous posterior! Ha Ha

  2. Robe Volante: The 18th century answer to the Muumuu.

  3. Hahaha yes! Perfect for those puffy days...

  4. just think how warm and cozy you would be

  5. Looking at this again, does anyone else think the 1725 gown is mislabeled? It looks a little too tight through the waist? Francaise perhaps, or should we believe the museum since we can't see the front?