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Woman's dress


Object Place: New York, New York, United States


Overall (Center back length - dress): 134.6 cm (53 in.) Other (Length - slip): 123.2 cm (48 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (crepe), silk satin ribbon, machine-made lace, machine net trim

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Sleeveless wrap-around (surplice) dress of black machine-made rayon(?) lace in pattern of leaves and spider webs. High waist, pleated bodice, neckline and shoulder straps edged with pleated net, long lace ties/sash. Dress has matching wrap-around slip of black silk crepe with ties and straps of silk satin ribbon; label: “An original design registered by a member of Fashion Originators Guild #410”


Inherited from Gertrude Laughlin Chanler by Oliver Chanler; Gift to the MFA, June 25, 2003

Credit Line

Gift of Elizabeth Chatwin