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 designers 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 inchesGift of Jackie Jones 1992.19A-B
Currently on view at Mint Museum RANDOLPH