This summer dress was worn by the aunt of the donor, Maude Colvin. Dresses of this type, made of lightweight cotton and lace insertion, are called "lingerie." Although elaborate looking, they were often ready-made, and the industry supplied these dresses in a variety of price points. As the Lane Bryant catalog for 1913 claimed, "their necessary place in every wardrobe is indeed well known." In spite of their apparent delicacy, they were also easily laundered. As one advertiser stated, "The possession of dresses that launder easily when spotted or soiled is indeed a relief when one spends a greater party of the day out of doors." Exhibited in Suiting Everyone: The Democratization of Clothing in America from 1974 to 1979.