Art/ Collection/ Art Object


ca. 1810
cotton, silk
Credit Line:
Gift of W.J. Baer, 1908
Accession Number:
Not on view
Indian and Turkish cottons and silks entered Europe in quantity in the First Empire. Empire gowns of newly chaste silhouette often employed circumspect floral motifs. In this instance, stylized exotic flowers are merged with scallop shells in a sign of aesthetic synthesis between the East and classicism.
Related Objects

Afternoon dress

Date: ca. 1855 Medium: cotton Accession: 1977.304.1 On view in:Not on view


Date: ca. 1882 Medium: a, b) cotton Accession: 2003.338a, b On view in:Not on view


Artist: House of Dior (French, founded 1947) Date: spring/summer 1953 Medium: silk Accession: C.I.60.21.1a, b On view in:Gallery 962

Evening dress

Date: 1804–5 Medium: cotton Accession: 1983.6.1 On view in:Not on view

Ball gown

Artist: House of Worth (French, 1858–1956) Date: ca. 1872 Medium: silk Accession: 46.25.1a–d On view in:Not on view