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Dark purplish red silk with tulip figure; bodice with long V in lower center front, elbow-length sleeves, peplum tabs lower center back, neck and sleeves trimmed with ruffles and lace, front and sleeves trimmed with repeat of cone motif in dark colored beads and metal braid; skirt center front...

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

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Robert Homans

French (Paris), about 1883

Object Place

Paris, France


Center Back (bodice): 69.8 cm (27 1/2 in.) Center Back (skirt): 177.5 cm (69 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk damask, satin, and plain weave (taffeta), trimmed with glass beads and metallic yarn gimp, with silk fringe and machine-made lace


Textiles and Fashion Arts