Gown: Ball gown of pink silk jacquard taffeta and plain taffeta, consisting of (A) bodice and (B) skirt;
(A) Bodice with faux stomacher and short sleeves in pink taffeta and pink jacquard taffeta with rose motif; neckline in handmade lace with vine motif on netting; faux stomacher in white tulle overlay applied to white silk taffeta; five rows of ruching with pinked edges in V shape at center front; ruching extends along back neckline, shoulders, and comes to point at center front hem of bodice; pink jacquard under ruching has pinked scalloped edge; self-piping at neckline follows edge of faux stomacher; pink taffeta puff at sleeve; pink damask ruffle below puff with pinked scalloped edge; tulle at sleeve opening gathered to edge; eyelets at center back for lacing; round baleen boning at center back; two pink thread-covered buttons at center back with loop closure; two small white buttons with loop closure at center back lace neckline; lined in white silk taffeta; baleen boning in white casing at center front, stomacher sides and side seams; gauze at sleeve lining; white muslin petersham attached at center front waist level with two hooks-and-eyes at center back.
(B) Skirt in pink taffeta and pink jacquard taffeta with rose motif in three layers; upper third of skirt in pink taffeta; skirt pleated at front; cartridge pleats at center back; pink taffeta ruching with pinked scalloped edges below pink taffeta; bottom two thirds of skirt in three layers of pink jacquard taffeta with pinked scalloped edges; waistband in white silk taffeta; hook-and-eye closure at center back waist; gauze at hem.
Label: none
Date: 1854-1856

Headdress: Woman's floral ball headdress of silver paper and tinsel on circular wire support; oak leaves, small leaves and flowers with tinsel centers; center front portion is standing with large flower at center surrounded by standing leaves and standing flowers; all elements are wired.
Label: none
Date: 1855-1865


  • Title: Ball Gown Front View
  • Date Created: 1854/1856
  • Location Created: Gown: Paris, France Headdress: Probably France
  • Physical Dimensions: Bodice CB: 10″ Skirt CB: 41″ Headdress L: 9″
  • Provenance: Gown: Museum Purchase, Funds provided by Tonian Hohberg and Joan Bonholtzer Headdress: Museum Purchase, Funds provided by Tonian Hohberg
  • Type: Gown, Headdress
  • 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 taffeta, silk taffeta, silk ribbon, silk tulle & silk lace Headdress: Silvered paper & wire

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