Woman's evening dress

about 1859–60

Object Place: United States


Overall (bodice) x bust: 34.3 x 85.1 cm (13 1/2 x 33 1/2 in.) Other (bodice) x waist: 30.5 x 66 cm (12 x 26 in.) Length x waist (skirt): 119.4 x 65.4 cm (47 x 25 3/4 in.) Length (bows): 42.5 cm (16 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (taffeta), with warp-and-weft float patterning

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



An evening dress in two parts and a pair of matching hair bows (match trimming): taffeta woven with plaid of green, white, and pink; (a) bodice, wide flaring neckline, very short puffed sleeves, boned and laced down center back coming to deep point center back and center front, trimmed with bows and streamers of green and white striped taffeta ribbon; (c,d) hair bows of same ribbon trimming; (a) lined with white linen; (b) skirt very full with fullness in pleats except at center back where it is gathered at waistband; lined throughout with glazed white 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