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Costume Collection - Women's Dresses

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Dress, 1-Piece - click to enlarge

Dress, 1-Piece - click to enlarge

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Dress, 1-Piece

Catalogue number: CS*058674

Date: 1931 - 1933

Maker: Unknown


Light weight brown velvet; cowl neck at bodice front; center front seam in bodice front; waistband inset, pointed at front and straight in back; bodice front gathered at each side at waistband inset; bodice back cut in one piece; 5 radiating darts at back neck to control fullness; long set-in sleeves; velvet portion of sleeve extends to near elbow, with lower portion of sleeve made of white lace; wrist opening closed with metal snaps; skirt has center front seam; skirt extends into back at sides; back cut in one piece; foldover hems throughout; thread belt loops (belt missing)


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