Evening dress

French (Paris)
about 1905
Designed by John Redfern (English, 1853–1929), Designed for House of Redfern (English)

Object Place: Paris, France


130 cm (51 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; Pale blue silk with bead and metallic embroidery and trim

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



An evening dress, made of foundation of pale blue taffeta covered with pale blue chiffon with outer sheathe of ivory net, bodice with wide roughly square cut neck, very short draped sleeves, hooked down center back, rather high waisted, draped sash of cloth of silver, bell shaped skirt, longer in back to form short train, bottom of net trimmed with very short ruffles of cloth of silver, skirt embroidered with silver bugle beads, silver sequins, rhinestones, cloth of silver appliqué, and silver relief ornaments in elaborate large-scale design of blossoms and wheat, bodice trimmed with machine embroidered net ruffles and drapery, with small silver edged medallions, of blue brocaded sheer silk appliqué, some of same embroidery as that on skirt around upper bodice, edges of bodice finished with pale blue chiffon velvet folds. Woven label inside waistband of bodice: BREVETE REDFERN PARIS By special appointment HRH Queen Alexandra 1901 (on right,) on left: By special appointment to HIM Empress of Russia, 1899.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. W. Y. Peters