Watteau back

Watteau back

noun
a loose, full back of a woman's gown, formed by wide box pleats hanging from a high shoulder yoke and extending to the hem in an unbroken line.

Origin:
1895–1900; after a type of gown depicted in paintings by Watteau

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Watteau back
 
n
a section at the back of a woman's dress that is caught in pleats or gathers at the neck and falls unbelted to the floor

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