18th Century Zone-Front Gowns

Last updated: Nov 24, 2021

“Zone front” is a modern term for a late 18th century style of gown bodice that appears to be cut away – often at an angle from the neckline, sometimes from slightly lower on the bodice – revealing a “zone,” a sort-of false waistcoat-front (like a compère) or stomacher – generally a more fitted gown than the earlier cutaway polonaise styles (see wearinghistoryblog, afracturedfairytale, couturecourtesan, etc.).

See the Glossary of 18th Century Costume Terminology (s.n. “zone”) for further discussion.

Zone front gowns

Portraits and illustrations of women wearing zone front gowns