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Afternoon Dress

circa 1878-1879

Leonie Dumonteuil (French, - present)

A popular style of the 1870s originated in Paris by Charles Frederick Worth and was known as the princess dress. This garment displays the favored profile of the era with its “natural form” silhouette, and its slender bodice (cut without a seamed waistline), graceful drapery, and elegant flowing train. Prevailing tastes of the period preferred rich contrasting harmonies of color and combinations of diverse textures and patterns. The designer’s eye for detail and flawless workmanship, as seen in this dress, is characteristic of the high quality of French couturier fashions of the 19th century.

Place object was created: France

silk taffeta, brocatelle, fringe, tassels

Measurements:    center back length: 30 inches    center back length: 58 inches

Gift of Jackie Jones 1992.19A-B

Currently on view at Mint Museum RANDOLPH