Gown: Floor-length gown of yellow taffeta with damask meandering stripes and pink and black brocade hash marks; square neckline; self-fabric flounce extends from shoulders to V at center, tapering to hem; yellow taffeta piping at center front seam, neckline, and V seams; yellow taffeta binding at edge of flounce; princess seams; side seams; self-fabric waistband placed higher than natural waist; elbow-length set-in sleeves with fullness gathered into upper armscye; large puff at upper sleeve; yellow taffeta band with piping at top and bottom; smaller puff above elbow with yellow band and piping at cuff; both bands feature non-functional flap with covered button at outer side; two flounces at hem of skirt with piping at seam and taffeta binding at edge; skirt front set in waist seam with knife pleats; skirt constructed of five panels including one very small panel at center back; round neckline at back; shoulder seams set back with piping; princess seams at back extend from armscye to waistband; flounce with V-shaped piped seam at back, echoing front; center back opening with thread eyes; slit pocket at proper right back side seam; back of skirt cartridge pleated into waist seam; fullness of skirt at back; bodice and sleeves lined in glazed cotton; skirt unlined.
Label: none
Date: c. 1824

Buckle: Oblong rectangular mother-of-pearl buckle; two long slits at center; domed spots form rectangular border around two slits together; cross-hatching fills space between inner dotted border and exterior scalloped border; reticulated stars at center of each scallop; serrated edge all around; reverse is smooth.
Label: none
Date: 1830-1839

Slippers: (A/B) Black silk satin lace-up slippers; square toe; one thin grosgrain ribbon attached at each side of shoe opening; black silk binding at shoe opening; insole and lining of cream canvas and white leather; cream cotton cord drawstring at inside center front of shoe opening; leather sole.
Label: "GREGORY & CAHILL,\Importers & Manufacturers\OF LADIES'\BOOTS & SHOES,\367 Broadway, N. Y." printed in black on green ground; paper label attached to (A) at insole with adhesive; flowers printed in black at each corner with undulating border
Date: 1830-1839


  • Title: Gown
  • Manufacturer: Slippers: Gregory Cahill
  • Date Created: 1823/1827
  • Location Created: Gown and Buckle: Europe Slippers: New York, New York
  • Physical Dimensions: Gown CB: 59 1/2" Buckle L: 3 1/4" Slippers L: 9 3/4"
  • Provenance: Gown and Slippers: Museum Purchase Buckle: Gift of Jay Hampel
  • Type: Gown, Waist Buckle, Slippers
  • Photographer: Brian Sanderson
  • 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 damask brocade and silk taffeta Buckle: Mother-of-pearl Slippers: Silk satin and leather
  • Object ID: Gown: 2009.5.63 Buckle: 2010.801.1 Slippers: 2010.5.71AB
  • Bibliographic References: Kevin L. Jones and Christina M Johnson. FABULOUS! Ten Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions, 2000-2010. Los Angeles: FIDM Museum Publications, 2010.

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