Woman's dress

about 1856–58

Object Place: United States


Overall: 62 x 63cm (24 7/16 x 24 13/16in.) Center back: 45.7 cm (18 in.) Center front (CF X Waist Circumference): 27.9 x 67.3 cm (11 x 26 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave ( taffeta), trimmed with silk fringe tassels, machine embroidered net, and bobbin lace

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



A dress in two parts, of ombré purple taffeta, bodice boned and fitted coming to deep point center front and back, elbow length bell shaped sleeves with black and white lace and rose colored ribbon undersleeves, “V” neck, hooked down center front, (b) skirt very full with fullness pleated to waistband all around, center front panel of skirt, edge of sleeve ruffles, front closing of bodice and yoke line of bodice trimmed with purple and gray silk chenille fringe; skirt lined throughout with buckram and faced with purple satin, bodice line with white glazed cotton; said to have been worn by the Parker ladies.


Gift to the MFA, 1950

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Harriet Ropes Cabot and Edward Jackson Lowell Ropes