Woman's evening dress

French (Paris)
about 1865
Maker Mme. Roger (French, active in mid-19th century)

Object Place: Paris, France


Center front (bodice): 43.1 cm (16 15/16 in.) Center front (skirt): 109.2 cm (43 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (faille) and satin, trimmed with silk satin ribbon, tulle, and silk lace

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Dress in two parts with separate belt. Ribbed silk widely striped pink and white; short bodice with low-cut sloping neck; full skirt, slight train in back, trimmed with panels of white ribbed silk, points of white satin and white silk lace, separate folded white satin belt with ribbed white silk lappets and pink satin.


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, (including this example), were designed by Mme. Roger, Paris, the other nine by the House of Worth, Paris.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Robert Homans