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Woman's costume in ten parts

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Black silk bodice, jacquard-woven with floral pattern in black and gold metal threads, with cotton braided lace-up front closure, lined with cotton plain weave, and basted to skirt. Red wool skirt with decorative brocaded band around hem. Off-white, longsleeved, button-down blouse with...

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Acquired in France by Agnes B. Harding (donor's mother) in the 1920s; by inheritance to Bundy H. Boit; gift to MFA March 26, 2003

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Gift of Bundy H. Boit given in memory of my mother Agnes B. Harding

French (Alsace), 1920s

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CB (bodice): 33 cm (13 in.); CB (skirt): 241.3 cm (95 in)

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Bodice of silk and metal-wrapped threads; compound weave with supplementary weft patterning; trimmed with cotton braid; skirt of wool twill weave, trimmed with brocaded silk ribbon; blouse of cotton plain weave, trimmed with cotton bobbin lace; cotton lace collar; stomacher of cotton velvet, appliquéd with brocaded silk, embroidered with metallic yarns, pallettes and sequins, and trimmed with metallic bobbin lace and metallic gimp; apron of silk satin with complimentary weft float patterning, silk velvet, and brocaded silk satin ribbon; scarf of printed wool plain weave; cap of silk and metal-wrapped thread compound weave, embroidered with metal-wrapped threads, edged with metal-wrapped bobbin lace, and trimmed with silk grosgrain ribbon; 2 separate silk plain weave (grosgrain) ribbons


Textiles and Fashion Arts