The Duchesse de Choiseul once wore this exact dress sometime during the 1780's probably at the court of Louis XVI. The dress is a robe a l'Anglaise and is in stunningly good condition; only minor cleaning was needed. Not that long ago the gown was acquired by the Wheaton College where the dress was carefully restored.
The dress consists of a silk base, chenille hems and lots of lace used for ruffles. The use of discreet and delicate flowers is a great example of the style favoured by Marie Antoinette and consequently became the fashion style to follow for every woman at court.