The exhibition curator Susan Friedlander’s notes that the: “the chrysanthemum-patterned silk brocade on this dress was most likely inspired by the exotic goods displayed in the popular Japanese exhibits at the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition in Philadelphia, the first significant World’s Fair to be held in the United States.”
This dress was owned and worn by Lucy Clark.
Chrysanthemum Gown, Bodice and Skirt, ca. 1876, Martha J. De La Mater, Silk. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of Harriet Stroudberg, N0129.1966, Photographed by Richard Walker.