Ball dress

American or French
about 1858

Object Place: United States


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


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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Americas, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.


Gift to the MFA, 1951

Credit Line

Gift of Ronald T. Lyman