Dress or shift

Mexican (Mexico City)

Object Place: Mexico City, Mexico


53.5 x 62 cm (21 1/16 x 24 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain-weave with drawnwork and mother-of-pearl buttons

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Dress or shift for a child, made in a convent in Mexico City, sent to Rebecca Virginia Moorhead in New York. White linen. Short bodice and sleeves; skirt section gathered in front and back. Narrow bands of drawn-work, with Spanish filling stitches, around neck and sleeves. All edges trimmed with narrow serrated border. Short opening in back, with two mother-of pearl buttons. Linen somewhat yellowed; brown stains on one part of skirt.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Rebecca Christie Birdsall