Worn by Mrs. Henry A. Rumsey. In 1911, the Rumseys commissioned a grand home - modeled after the eighteenth-century Clifford Manor House in Warwickshire, England - on eight acres in Lake Forest, Illinois. The label on this dress states it was made for the winter season of 1910. Perhaps Mrs. Rumsey wore this dress at one of the opening parties of her new Lake Forest home.
Jeanne Paquin designed gowns of quiet sophistication for women of refined taste. Her clients included the queens of Belgium, Portugal, and Spain. Robert Forrest wrote in 1925, "Fashion once simply did not know what to wear until Madame Paquin brought out her season's models; and as for her competitors, their plight was pitiful."