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Black velvet dress

about 1865–70
Mme Bluhm (French)

Object Place: France


132.5 cm (52 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Black Velvet Dress

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



French, about 1865-1870. Dress of black velvet, buttoned down entire length of front with jet embroidered buttons, fitted upper part, frong quite straight to hemline, large patch pocket on each side, center back longer forming a train and much fuller with fullness in deep inverted pleat, high round neck with short standing collar faced with Brussels needlepoint lace, center front panel running from shoulders to hemline set off by ornamental bands of black braid and jet, braid and jet bands edged with black ostrich feathers, long sleeves with turned down cuff with same trimming as front of dress, patch pockets also trimmed in same way; (ostrich feathers missing sleeves and pockets), lined throughout with black taffeta and has ties under skirt for a bustle arrangement; printed in gold on inner belt: Mme. Bluhm 3 Faub St. Honore, Paris, 33 Condon Street, London. The dress belonged to Harriet Elizabeth Bury Morong, who married Joseph Page Woodbury of Boston.


French, about 1865-1870

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph L. Richards