This gown and matching stomacher are made of very fine silk. Because of its shine or lustre, the fabric was called a lustring or lutestring. The process of 'lustrating' involved stretching and moistening the textile. In a 1756 treatise, silk de
Dress and matching petticoat of blue and rose changeable, heavily ribbed silk; English back, with slight train; low cut neck trimmed with contemporary brocaded silk gauze ruffle. Museum of Fine Art, Boston, USA.