Infant's christening dress

second quarter 19th century

Object Place: France


120 x 83 cm (47 1/4 x 32 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton with cotton embroidery and needlepoint lace stitches and linen tapes

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Infant’s christening dress of white cotton, short waisted bodice, wide flaring neckline with draw string, short very full puffed sleeves, ruffle running from center back opening at neck over shoulder and down to waist line, in front framing a center front bodice panel of elaborate embroidery in small-scale floral design, much of it worked in needlepoint lace stitches, skirt center front panel elaborately embroidered like bodice panel in floral motifs with much use of lace stitches, three floral motifs embroidered in same way on each sleeve, all edges of garment finished with embroidered similar in technique to panels described above, but using repeats of small pendant blossoms.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Hope Gray