Woman's evening dress

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

Object Place: Paris, France


Center back 24 11/16 in. (62.7 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave patterned with weft floats, tulle, satin and blond lace

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Evening dress in two parts. Bodice and most of skirt of white satin with self figure of broad ribbon serpentines with crossing sprays of highly decorative flowers and fruit including pomegranate; bodice with low rounded neck in front, lower edge cut in tabs, sleeves elbow length with white chiffon forming top slightly puffed portion; skirt front of white satin cut straight with flounce of knife pleats along bottom edge, fullness of skirt at back in soft pleats, pleated puffs on side, bows of white satin finished with tassels of silk and artificial pearls, artificial pearl fringe along front edges of overskirt. Some additional trimming originally on dress, but now missing.


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