Day Ensemble

Gown: P. Barroin1897/1898


Los Angeles, United States

Gown: 2-piece day dress of cotton swiss printed with all-over coral motif, consisting of (A) bodice and (B) skirt;
(A) Bodice with long, leg-of-mutton sleeves; standing collar; chiffon shirred insert at CF opening of bodice; self-ruffles at both sides of CF opening; horizontal bands of trim; waistband with horizontal pleats and CB hook-and-eye closure; bodice fully lined in taffeta.
Label:" P. BARROIN\ 394 Rue St. Honoré\ Paris"
(B) Full-length matching skirt consisting of 6 gores; skirt gathered into waist at CB; horizontal rows of embroidered trim at hem of skirt; fully lined in silk taffeta;
Label: None
Date: 1897-98
Notes: Acquired from an estate that was being torn down in the San Diego, Ca. area. Objects from this donation were packed together in a steamer trunk.

Hat: Straw boater hat; triple layer of 1/2" wide braided and twisted straw with narrow double strands of coiled straw wound around; 2" wide band of silk ribbon; interior pad stamped with "DIRIGO", "QUALITY SUPREME", "THE E-Z FIT"
Date: 1890s

Hat Pins: Hairwork hatpins with iridescent celluloid; (A/B) pair of hatpins with strips of celluloid wrapped around hair; hair and celluloid form a soft cone shape to cover metal on one side of each pin.
Date: 1850-90

Brooch: Hair jewelry brooch with ivory miniature; gold open work frame in scroll motif; oval center with painted ivory miniature of man in sporting ensemble inside glazed glass compartment.
Date: 1890-1910

Purse: Alligator leather purse; rectangular shape with metal hinge frame; gold-colored metal snap-lock with suspended ring at center top; stiff U-shaped handle with indented seam along its center; brown alligator leather makes up body of purse with protruding ridges at front.
Date: 1890-99


  • Title: Day Ensemble
  • Creator: Gown: P. Barroin
  • Date Created: 1897/1898
  • Location Created: Gown: Paris, France Hat: United States Hat Pins, Brooch & Purse: Europe or United States
  • Physical Dimensions: Gown: Bodice CB: 19 1/4"; Skirt CB: 42" Hat: D: 12 1/2" Hat Pins: L: 6 3/8" Brooch: L: 1 7/8" Purse: H: 8 1/2"
  • Provenance: Gown: Gift of Jane Riggs and Lynelle Doll Hat: Gift of Linda & Steven Plochocki Hatpin & Brooch: Gift of Andrea Tice in memory of Carmelita Johnson Purse: Gift of the Napa County Historical Society
  • Type: Gown, Hat pins, Brooch, Purse
  • Rights: © FIDM Museum & Library, Inc. Image made available for limited non-commercial, educational, and personal use only, or for fair use as defined in the United States copyright laws. Users must cite the author and source of the image as they would material from any printed work, and the citations should include the URL “www.fidmmuseum.org”. For publication or press requests, visit http://www.fidmmuseum.org/about/rights-and-reproductions/ or email imagerights@FIDMmuseum.org.
  • Medium: Gown: Printed dotted Swiss, silk chiffon, silk taffeta & cotton braid Hat: Straw & silk ribbon Hat Pins: Celluloid, human hair & metal Brooch: Gold, painted ivory, human hair & glass Purse: Alligator & metal

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