about 1880
House of Worth (French, 1858-1956)

Object Place: France


Overall (bodice): 41.4 cm (16 5/16 in.) Length (skirt): 104.9 cm (41 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pearl-embroidered white bengaline

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Dress in two parts of cream colored bengaline, bodice (a) with deep cut “V” neck, very short sleeves, boned and fitted with long point in center front, laced down center back, with short tab peplum, neck and sleeves trimmed with ruching of net and folds of tulle; embroidered with artificial pearls in symmetrical stylized floral design, ropes and loops of pearls suspended front and back from shoulders; skirt (b) quite straight in front, much longer to form train in back, fullness at back in shallow pleats at waistband, center front panel of skirt set under side panels of skirt artificial pearl embroidery matching that on bodice, at side hipline of skirt, down edges of side panels, on center front panel at bottom edges of side skirt. On inner waistband woven label: Worth, Paris.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. J. D. Cameron Bradley