Woman's dress

about 1870
Designed by Charles Frederick Worth (English (active in France), about 1825–1895), Designed for House of Worth (French, 1858-1956)

Object Place: Paris, France


Overall (skirt): 160 cm (63 in.) Center back (evening bodice): 22.9 cm (9 in.) Center back (day bodice): 59.7 cm (23 1/2 in.) Length x width (bows): 15.2 x 15.2 cm (6 x 6 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (faille), supplementary warp stripe pattern; lace

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Purple silk faille skirt trimmed with cream-colored lace embroidered with black chenille yarn; skirt front made of white silk faille with supplementary warp patterning. Purple silk faille evening bodice trimmed with cream and black net lace attached to the skirt. Purple silk faille day bodice trimmed with black and cream net lace; center front made of white silk faille with supplementary warp pattern with buttons. Two detached purple silk faille bows.


Worn by Adeline Greenleaf, 1870 (donor's great grandmother); by inheritance to Lois Adams Goldstone; gift to MFA, December 18, 2002

Credit Line

Gift of Lois Adams Goldstone