Skip to main content

Woman's Gloves

c. 1887
Made by Alexandrine, Paris, 1864 - ?
Mauve, the first synthetic dye, was discovered by the English chemist William Perkin in 1856 with mass production beginning the following year. Its invention transformed both the dye industry, with its reliance on natural dyes, and chemical research. A range of colors heretofore unimaginable was now possible. The flattering mauve color immediately became the height of fashion during the third quarter of the nineteenth century and was said to "bring on foolish bachelors to sudden proposals."...

Object Details

We are always open to learning more about our collections and updating the website. Does this record contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Contact us here.

Please note that this particular artwork might not be on view when you visit. Don’t worry—we have plenty of exhibitions for you to explore.