Thumbnail-size images of copyrighted artworks are displayed under fair use, in accordance with guidelines recommended by the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, published by the College Art Association in February 2015.

Woman's dress

about 1902
Designed by Jean-Philippe Worth (French, 1856–1926), For House of Worth (French, 1858-1956)

Object Place: Paris, France


Other (bodice): 55.9 cm (22 in.) Other (skirt): 177.8 cm (70 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (faille), brocaded with silk and gold and silver metallic yarns; bodice trimmed with machine-made net and silk satin ribbon

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Bodice and skirt of woman’s two piece dress of ivory silk taffeta faille brocaded with polychrome silk flowers accented with gold and silver-metallic thread in the Louis XV style. Bodice has ivory silk “stomacher” that was originally trimmed, possibly with a large jewel (remaining stitching thread is thick and indicates this use). Blue satin ribbon trim at bodice front neck, evidence of lace filler as neck; puffed tull sleeves trimmed with blue silk satin ribbon. Labeled “C Worth” on Petersham band, tagged with label, “61194.” Skirt originally trimmed at bottom and tagged with label, “81590.”


Worn by donor's grandmother, Jane Norton Morgan, wife of J. P. Morgan; Gift from Jane Norton Nichols (donor's mother) to Henrietta N. Meyer, 1974; Gift to the MFA, June 25, 2003

Credit Line

Gift of Jane Norton Nichols