Object of the Day

Gold Brocade Tunic over a Gold Taffeta Skirt, 1875

This beautiful gold silk brocade gown was purchased from Le Bon Marché in Paris, to be worn by Miss Carrie June of Fremont, Ohio. She used this gown for the graduation ceremonies at Brandon College for Women in Ontario, Canada in 1875.

The store where the dress was purchased is still in existence.  It is one of the biggest and the oldest department stores in Paris. The building was designed by Gustav Eiffel and opened in 1852. Le Bon Marché specialized in luxury fashions for men, women and children but also in furniture, upscale gifts and housewares.

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