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Ball dress

about 1858


Dimensions

Overall (bodice, CF x waist circumference): 34.9 x 52.7 cm (13 3/4 x 20 3/4 in.) Other (bodice, CB x bust circumference): 27.3 x 72.4 cm (10 3/4 x 28 1/2 in.) Center back (skirt): 111.8 cm (44 in.)

Accession Number

51.1346a-b

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (taffeta), machine net (tulle) and silk bobbin lace; trimmed with silk ribbon, embroidered silk net, and silk flowers

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Collections

Americas , Europe , Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Bright pink tulle and taffeta dress; taffeta underdress; (a) bodice widely flaring neckline, short puffed sleeves, tightly fitted waist, sharply pointed center front and back, laced down back, trimmed with ruffles of blonde lace and bows of pink brocaded gauze ribbon, (b) skirt with five flounces trimmed with brocaded gauze, fullness evenly spaced all around, two garlands of artificial flowers tacked at sides of center front of skirt.

Provenance

Gift to the MFA, 1951

Credit Line

Gift of Ronald T. Lyman