Gown: Day dress in cream (off-white) moiré silk jacquard with chiné stripe in blue/white ombre effect and floral patterning in cream; consisting of
(A) short-sleeves bodice, (B/C) sleeve extensions, and (D) skirt.
(A) Short-sleeved afternoon bodice with sloping shoulders and pointed bodice; V-neckline with four and one-quarter inch self-fabric placket surrounding neckline and extending down center front in “V” shape, coming to point with bodice at hem; neckline edged in self-fabric piping; placket features two lines of light-blue silk piping following "V" and one vertical band at center front; three cream faille covered round non-functional buttons with blue silk ruffle border, applied to each shoulder; self-fabric ruching between piping on each side; four bands of blue silk-wrapped wire trim; blue silk piping edging placket; bodice front shaped by one pair princess seams with self-fabric piping; band of silk-wrapped wire trim applied one inch above “V” shaped hem; one and one-quarter inch waistband of lightweight white silk faille; set-in sleeves with self-fabric piping at armscye; two-tiered short sleeve with silk-wrapped wire trim at each hem; blue and white silk braided cord applied along shoulder in overlapping motif with bow and two tassels extending over sleeve edge; center back opening with twelve hook-and-eye closures; front lined in plainweave white cotton; back and hem faced in white glazed cotton.
(B/C) Self-fabric sleeve extensions stitched to cuff of each short sleeve of bodice; constructed of one piece with self-piping seam at inner side; three pleats at front of sleeve create shaping for elbow; slit opening at hem with two hook-and-eye closures; blue silk-wrapped wire trim applied one-half inch above sleeve edge; self-piping at edge; lined in cream glazed cotton.
(D) Floor-length full skirt of striped faille with ornamental placket at each side of front; constructed of nine panels with two narrow panels at front sides; self-fabric waistband with two affronted knife pleats at each side of skirt front; self-fabric placket applied over narrow skirt panels; four-tiered rounded tabs above hem with blue silk-wrapped wire trim; single covered button with blue silk ruffled border on each tab; bias-tape hem saver; center back slit closure with two hook-and-eye closures at waistband; back panel cartridge-pleated into waistband; side back panels knife pleated into waistband; fully lined in cream crinoline.
Label: none

Date: 1841-1842

Pendant: Hairwork brooch with mosaic daisy motif and woven hair; oval brooch with gold-colored metal setting; metal frames front and back side of brooch with engraving on front side; center front of brooch is mosaic daisy design of green, blue, white, yellow, and orange glass pieces; back center of brooch has glass compartment that holds brown woven hair; metal loop for pin closure on back.
Label: none
Date: 1820-1850


  • Title: Day Gown Front View
  • Date Created: 1841/1842
  • Location Created: Gown: France Pendant: Probably United States
  • Physical Dimensions: Bodice CB: 11 ½″ Skirt CB: 40 ¼″ Pendant L: 1 ½″
  • Provenance: Gown: Museum Purchase, Funds provided by Barbara Bundy Pendant: Gift of Andrea Tice in Memory of Carmelita Johnson
  • Type: Gown, Pendant
  • 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: Silk Jacquard moiré with chiné stripe, silk-wrapped wire & silk cording Pendant: Gold, human hair & glass

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