Woman's dress

Designed by Charles Frederick Worth (English (active in France), about 1825–1895), Designed for House of Worth (French, 1858-1956)

Object Place: Paris, France


Overall (bodice): 58.4 cm (23 in.) Overall (skirt): 172.7 cm (68 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin, tulle and compound weave, trimmed with glass beads, velvet ribbon and silk fringe

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Evening dress in two parts. Pale blue satin and figured (narrow vertical stripes of coral-like motifs in darker blue) satin; bodice of pale blue satin ending in tabs at front lower edge, pleated peplum in back, short full sleeves of figured satin, wired rolled collar of black velvet; skirt of pale blue satin, draped front panel ending in tabs and with swags of grayish white silk and clear glass bead fringe, draped apron front and sides and back of skirt of figured satin, most of fullness of skirt in back.


Label: "Worth 7 rue de la Paix"


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