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Woman's dress

French (Paris)
House of Worth (French, 1858-1956)

Object Place: Paris, France


Overall (bodice): 32.5 cm (12 13/16 in.) Overall (skirt): 140.3 cm (55 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Dress in two parts. Black silk moiré; bodice pointed center front and center back, short puffed sleeves, panel of embroidery and machine-made lace in front imitating stomacher, ruffles of same lace on sleeves and around neck, fold of white chiffon at front of neck, spray of artificial roses; bell-shaped skirt with extra fullness in soft pleats in center back.


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