Evening dress

French (Paris)
House of Worth (French, 1858-1956)

Object Place: Paris, France


(a) L. center back .334 M.; (b) L. center back about 1.615 M.; L. of waistband about .720 M. L

Accession Number


Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Figured silk with lavender satin tulip against lavender ribbed silk cloth ground with white daisies; bodice with deep point center front and back, short puffed sleeves, folds of beaded chiffon at neck and waist and inserted in sleeves; underskirt trimmed with center beaded panel and flounce of beaded chiffon. Worn by Mrs. John Quincy Adams.


Purchased in Paris between 1858 - 1861 by the parents of Fanny Crowninshield, (Mrs. John Quincy Adams II), (1839 - 1911), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, by descent to her daughter, Mrs. Robert Homans, Boston; 1946, gift of Mrs. Homans to MFA [see note 2]. (Accession date: February 14, 1946)

[1] See "Fashion Show: Paris Style," Boston: MFA, 2006, pg. 59-60.
[2] In 1943, the MFA received eleven dresses from Mrs. Homans which were originally worn by her mother. Two were designed by Mme. Roger, Paris, the other nine, (including this example), by the House of Worth, Paris.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Robert Homans