Dress of striped dark and light brown silk brocade and velvet. Long bodice (a) with portrait neckline trimmed in brown green satin; off white lace cuffs. Skirt (b) with brown green satin back panel that extends into a train. Trimmed with dark and light brown silk fringe and tassels.
Worn by Mrs. Cyrus Hall McCormick, née Nancy "Nettie" Fowler (1835-1923).
Worth often worked with manufacturers to produce the best fabrics for his designs. The stripes in this fabric are alternating weaves of satin and cut velvet with a tiny floral pattern. The back of the skirt gives the appearance of gathered drapery, complete with tassels.