American (Boston)
About 1875

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Overall (bodice): 72.5 x 63 cm (28 9/16 x 24 13/16 in.) Overall (skirt): 111 x 97 cm (43 11/16 x 38 3/16 in.) Overall (overskirt): 87 x 89.1 cm (34 1/4 x 35 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk taffeta ruched, silk knotted fringe, cotton lining, tape and tabs

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Dress in four parts.

Bodice of gray silk heavy taffeta trimmed with pink heavy silk taffeta, fitted tightly at waist, with separated pleated peplum in back, high neck trimmed with pleated ruching, buttoned down front, long sleeves.

Skirt rather straight in front, fullness in back, slightly longer in back trimmed with two flounces around bottom. On inner belt “Mme. Pierrot no. 19 Myrtle Street, Boston.”

Overskirt plain in front, pleated fullness in back, much longer for draped bustle in back; bottom edge trimmed with gray silk fringe over pink taffeta flounce.

Piece of matching trimming, gray taffeta lined with pink with two ornamental loops.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Henry A. Morss, Jr.