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Woman's evening dress

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Evening dress in two parts. Bodice and most of skirt of white satin with self figure of broad ribbon serpentines with crossing sprays of highly decorative flowers and fruit including pomegranate; bodice with low rounded neck in front, lower edge cut in tabs, sleeves elbow length with white...

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Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Robert Homans

French (Paris), about 1865

Object Place

Paris, France

Dimensions

Center back 24 11/16 in. (62.7 cm)

Accession Number

46.207a-b

Medium or Technique

Silk brocaded taffeta, tulle, satin and blond lace

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes