Day Dress

c.1885

A. Morhange & Cie

The gowns and wraps from Sarah Mayer A. Morhange were imported to many notable American stores such as John Wanamaker. The firm, one of Paris’s twenty premier couture houses at the beginning of the twentieth century, exhibited at the World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago in 1893 and the Exposition Universelle of Paris in 1900. In this ensemble, an embroidered wool Persian or Indian shawl has been inventively refashioned into a dress. The house creatively incorporated trimmings such as cotton and metallic thread lace.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Day Dress

Bon Marche

1880

John Smith Newbold purchased this silk dress printed with a paisley pattern from the world-renowned Paris department store Bon Marché for his wife, Anna, in the summer of 1880. According to the Paris correspondent for Harper’s Bazaar: “The Bon Marché gowns particularly are made up for the provincial trade, and are generally not the last thing, nor very Parisian. They are adapted to the conservative country taste which looks at the amount of ‘wear’ in a piece of its apparel and rather scorns frivolity.” Bon Marché, which occupies an entire city block, was the model for the department store in Émile Zola’s novel Au bonheur des dames, published in 1883. The same year, the Satchel Guide for the Vacation Tourist in Europe commented that “no magasins de nouveautés in the French capital is more popular with Americans who know where to spend their money to good advantage.”

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Day Dress

1880s

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