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Woman's two-part day dress

White cotton two-piece dress with beige embroidered eyelet trim on edges and center front, burgundy silk grosgrain ribbon bows, polonaise bodice with mother-of-pearl buttons. Labeled: "Esther Geraud, 13 Rue Tailbout, 13th, Paris."


Purchased from Charles A. Whitaker Auctions on December 14, 2005.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Textile and Costume Society, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

French, Late 1870s–early 1880s


Center Back (bodice): 68.6 cm (27 in.) Overall (bodice bust): 81.3 cm (32 in.) Overall (bodice waist): 59.7 cm (23 1/2 in.) Center Back (skirt): 101.6 cm (40 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton, silk grosgrain ribbon, and mother-of-pearl buttons


Textiles and Fashion Arts