Afternoon dress

French (Paris)
about 1880
Designed by Charles Frederick Worth (English (active in France), about 1825–1895), For House of Worth (French, 1858-1956)

Object Place: Paris, France


Center back (bodice): 59.1 cm (23 1/4 in.) Center back (skirt): 113 cm (44 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (faille), silk satin, and silk cut and uncut velvet, trimmed with silk plain weave (chiffon) and silk fringe

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woman’s dress of pale greenish-yellow, trimmed with yellow cut and uncut velvet in three feathers and bow design on light blue satin ground. (a) Bodice fitted and boned with bow peplum at center back, low square-cut neckline, buttoned down center front, and elbow length sleeves with yellow chiffon undersleeves; peplum and its bow, narrow vestee at center front, trimming, bows at neck and on sleeves lined with yellow satin; narrow turned back collar, lapels and cuffs of velvet, neck and cuffs finished with pleated yellow and white chiffon; stamped on inner waistband: “Worth, 7 Rue de la Paix, Paris.” (b) Skirt and train in one piece; front of skirt with horizontal drapery, pleated yellow chiffon and yellow silk, fly fringe trimming at bottom; several brownish stains.


Gift to the MFA, April 13, 1950

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Hugh D. Scott