This coral silk ball gown was designed by the Parisian fashion icon Pingat, one of the most prestigious and successful designers in the second half of the nineteenth century. It is adorned with a row of ruched pink tulle and satin-trimmed tulle tabs that add detail and dimension at the hem. Lace, tulle, beads, and seed pearls decorate the large bow at the back of the waist, ending in broad streamers. The tulle and satin trim is repeated at the neck and short sleeves, creating an elegant gown with Pingat's usual attention to decorative detailing. Fashion-conscious women such as Mrs. Edwin Weld Corning, who owned this gown, subscribed to Balzac's notion that only those who visit Paris can achieve true elegance.