Dress, evening-style, of light blue and white floral silk moiré. Bodice (a) has scooped neckline, pleating at shoulders, three-quarter sleeves. Lace trimming at neckline and cuffs; additional light blue faille trimming at cuffs. Center front button closure. Skirt (b) has pleated front panel. Large light blue faille bow near bottom hem. Large bustle uses the blue and white moir on the proper left side and the blue faille on the proper right; the bustle extends to become a train. Skirt hem trimmed with lace and pleated blue faille.
Worn by Mrs. Henry Nelson Tuttle, née Fannie Farwell.
The young Fannie Farwell was only nineteen in 1883 when she traveled by horse-drawn carriage, train, and steamship to Paris to have this gown made for her by Charles Frédérick Worth, the "father of couture." In the late nineteenth century, many wealthy families took grand European tours that involved visits to the best European fashion houses. These visits were often scheduled at the beginning of the trip to allow for the many fittings that haute couture garments required.