The beauty of the textile is displayed in this impressive bustle style dress. The floral motifs woven into the cloth look like small chrysanthemums, flowers that had become popular thanks to the influence of Japonism. Delicate and complex decorations can be seen: fringe was generously applied to the bodice and bustle, and narrow pleats were used for decoration on the skirt.
Wealthy American women were common patrons of Paris "haute couture", a world in which Worth and Pangat, two designers, enjoyed popularity. These rich, American women periodically traveled to Paris, ordered clothes, and returned to the U.S. with many high class, haute couture creations.


  • Title: Day Dress
  • Creator: Emile Pingat
  • Fashion House: E. PINGAT, 30 RUE LOUIS-LE-GRAND, PARIS
  • Manufacturer: Pingat
  • Date Created: c. 1883
  • Type: Dress
  • Photographer: ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Taishi Hirokawa
  • Rights: Collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute
  • Medium: Purple silk cut velvet with floral pattern; set of bodice, skirt and train; bustle style; fringes of ribbon and chenille; metal buttons; pleated decoration at hem of skirt.

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