Woman's formal dress

about 1770

Object Place: France


Overdress CF: 147.3 cm (58 in.); petticoat: 102.0 cm (40.16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk and metallic thread, trimmed with metallic lace and silk flowers

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Pink silk brocaded with reds, browns, greens, and white in floral sprays and multi-width silver stripes. Overdress: open coat-style front bodice; square back neckline; front panels trimmed with silver galloon and silk flowers; sack (Watteau) back; elbow length fitted sleeves with double asymmetrical ruffles trimmed same as front; wide panier accomodating skirt with slits at hipline. Petticoat: U-shape waistline; trimmed with deep swags of silver net with silk flowers and gilt details; drawstrings at waist. White silk partial linings.


1930, purchased in Marseille by Elizabeth Day McCormick (b. 1873 - d. 1957), Chicago; 1943, gift of Elizabeth Day McCormick to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 14, 1943)

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection