Woman's Dress with Day and Evening Bodices

Made by Worth & Bobergh, Paris, France, 1857 - 1870. Designed by Charles Frederick Worth, English (active Paris), 1825 - 1895.

Made in Paris, France, Europe

c. 1866-1868

Silk faille, silk tulle

Waist (1a. Day Bodice): 25 inches (63.5 cm) Center Back Length (1a. Day Bodice): 15 3/4 inches (40 cm) Waist (1b. Evening Bodice): 23 1/2 inches (59.7 cm) Center Back Length (1b. Evening Bodice): 8 3/4 inches (22.2 cm) Waist (1c. Skirt): 26 3/4 inches (67.9 cm) Center Front Length (1c. Skirt): 42 3/4 inches (108.6 cm) Center Back Length (1c. Skirt): 6 feet 1 1/2 inches (186.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of the heirs of Charlotte Hope Binney Tyler Montgomery, 1996

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In 1864, Worth & Bobergh's gowns introduced the flat-fronted crinoline (hoopskirt), a variation on the earlier dome-shaped cage crinoline, and the new swept-back look became the fashionable silhouette until 1868. This ensemble also includes a low-necked, short-sleeved evening bodice (not shown here). Both bodices are trimmed with the same fabric as the main garment, giving the ensemble a more restrained look than was associated with Worth in later years. The silk's bright apple-green color was made possible by the introduction of aniline dyes in 1856. Black silk bobbin lace shawls such as the one shown here were predominantly made by hand at Bayeux, France, and Geeraardsbergen (Grammont), Belgium.