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Mantua is an article of women's clothing worn in the late seventeenth century and eighteenth century. Originally a loose gown, the later mantua was an overgown or robe typically worn over an underdress or stomacher and petticoat.

From this garment arose the term mantua-maker, an early term for a women's dressmaker.

The above article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantua_%28clothing%29).  1/3/06
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