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Woman's dress in three parts (showing skirt and evening bodice)

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Purple silk faille skirt trimmed with cream-colored lace embroidered with black chenille yarn; skirt front made of white silk faille with supplementary warp patterning. Purple silk faille evening bodice trimmed with cream and black net lace attached to the skirt. Purple silk faille day bodice...

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Worn by Adeline Greenleaf, 1870 (donor's great grandmother); by inheritance to Lois Adams Goldstone; gift to MFA, December 18, 2002

Credit Line

Gift of Lois Adams Goldstone

French, about 1870

Object Place

Paris, France


Overall (skirt): 160 cm (63 in.) Center back (evening bodice): 22.9 cm (9 in.) Center back (day bodice): 59.7 cm (23 1/2 in.) Length x width (bows): 15.2 x 15.2 cm (6 x 6 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (faille), supplementary warp stripe pattern; lace


Textiles and Fashion Arts