Pelisse: White cotton long-sleeved pelisse with ruffled and twisted piping trim; wide, round collar with twisted piping and one inch cotton gauze ruffle at edge; raised empire waistline with seam allowance stitched to bodice; slightly curved bust darts extend five inches from waist towards collar; side seams placed slightly forward; long straight sleeves with separate puffed short sleeve at shoulder; four slits in puffed sleeve with white cotton pom-pom at center of each; double rows of twisted piping at slits and sleeve edge; single row of piping and small gauze ruffle at long-sleeve edge; center froont opening with no closures; opening edged in twisted piping; ruffle at proper left bodice extending to hem; gauze ruffle from waistline at proper right opening and along hem; twisted piping one and one-quarter inch above hem; collar comes to point at center back; shoulder seams angled down at back shoulders; princess seams extend from back armscyes to one inch from center back waistline; back seams trimmed with piping; skirt in three panels with center panel tightly gathered at center back; unlined; cotton tape tacked to center back interior as waist tie.
Label: none
Date: 1818-1820

Cap: Cream lace bonnet with lace and ribbon pom-pom and puffed crown; small, close-fitting unstructured bonnet of novelty striped silk satin fabric; brim edged in ruched cream satin ribbon; same ruching delineates separation between brim and crown; brim covered in cream tulle with embroidered dots; round pom-pom of scalloped cream lace and one-eighth inch satin ribbon with raised edge, applied to proper left top of brim; top of crown features applied pom-pom of one-quarter inch matching satin ribbon, encapsulated by puff of dotted tulle, gathered at front and back of crown; back of crown covered in same dotted lace with embroidered floral motif; bow of wide satin ribbon with raised edges; one inch matching satin ribbon stitched to interior of brim to form ties; self-fabric lining with reinforcements in plain silk at back of crown and center back neckline.
Label: none
Date: c. 1818

Shawl: Elongated, rectangular stole of fine white cotton muslin; embroidered in white-work cotton embroidery floss; outer edges scalloped and outlined in embroidery; inner edge features fern and geometric design; main embroidery motif features scrolling bundles of branches, flowers, and ferns.
Label: none
Date: 1810-1820

Parasol: Olive green silk parasol; carved bone ferrule and eight tips; shaft in two pieces connected by brass hinge; main shaft of painted beige wood; bottom of shaft in carved bone; brass tube on shaft to secure hinge with rolled edge and etched; runner in etched brass; stretchers in steel; eight ribs in wood painted black.
Label: none
Date: 1800-1820

Boots: (A/B) Pair woman's green wool side-lacing walking shoes (ankle boots); brushed wool upper formed from two pieces with seam at front and back; slit opening at inner side with six eyelets on each side; two inch wide tongue attached at insole behind opening; slit, opening, and tongue bound in green silk woven in novelty stepped motif; sole of brown leather with shapes etched into instep area; interior lined in cream heavyweight cotton twill.
Label: none
Date: 1840-1849


  • Title: Pelisse Front View
  • Date Created: 1818/1820
  • Location Created: Pelisse and Parasol: Great Britain. Cap, Shawl and Boots: Europe
  • Physical Dimensions: Pelisse CB: 55" Cap H: 8" Shawl: L: 112" Parasol L: 33 1/4" Boots: 9 3/8"
  • Provenance: Pelisse and Cap: Museum Purchase Shawl and Parasol: Gift of Steven Porterfield Boots: Gift of Eve Everall
  • Type: Pelisse, Cap, Shawl, Parasol, Boots
  • 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: Pelisse: Cotton percale, cotton mull, cotton braid and cotton pompoms Cap: Silk faille, silk netting, silk bobbin lace and silk ribbon Shawl: Cotton mull and cotton embroidery floss Parasol: Silk, carved bone, ebonized wood and metal Boots: Wool and leather
  • Object ID: Pelisse: 2009.5.36 Cap: 2008.5.52 Shawl: 2010.897.7 Parasol: 2010.897.73 Boots: 2009.969.2AB
  • 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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