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Dress in four parts (bodice)

American (Kansas City, Missouri)
about 1904

Object Place: Kansas City, Missouri, United States


Overall (bodice): 50 cm (19 11/16 in.) Length (skirt): 101 cm (39 3/4 in.) Length (black sash): 60 cm (23 5/8 in.) Length (blue sash): 58.6 cm (23 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, satin, taffeta

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Dress in four parts; (a) bodice: high neck with embroidered and lace trimmed square yoke, cuffs and neck trimmed with bands of pale blue satin, short rather full sleeves with tight cuffs, bloused in front, foundation of black taffeta covered with black net, part of net machine embroidered with cream colored thread in small-scale floral design; (b) skirt: bell shaped with slight train at back, black taffeta froundation covered with pleated black net machine embroidered with cream colored thread in floral design arranged in elaborate swags and points, bottom edge of embroidered net trimmed with narrow double ruffle of pale blue chiffon; (c) black satin shirred sash; (d) pale blue striped satin sash; tender and cracking. Made by a French dress maker; worn by donor’s mother, Mrs. J. Chalmers Hale, of Kansas City, Missouri.

Credit Line

Gift of Barton Hall