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Dress, 1-Piece - click to enlarge

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Dress, 1-Piece

Catalogue number: CS*058673

Date: 1924

Maker: Unknown


Red georgette crepe; Underdress-round neck; short sleeves with band of pleating at bottom; pleated at sides, starting at armscye (armhole) and down center front; deep foldover hem; Tunic-red georgette with gold plush in half-swirl design; tunic front open partway down (with overcasting to finish edge) and tacked at intervals to expose georgette; skirt portion split at center front and back to form tabs below the waist; tabs have deep foldover hem; tunic hangs loose except at neck; tunic attached to underdress at neck with georgette binding; tunic sewn together at sides about 1/2" below armscye; metallic fabric loops attached between waist and armscye with metallic cord lacing; lacings end in tassels.


This dress was worn by Mary Marr Armstrong in Washington, D.C. It was exhibited in the Hall of American Costume from 1964 to 1973.

Credit: Gift of Mrs. I. M. Armstrong