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Costume Collection - Women's Dresses

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Dress, 1-Piece - click to enlarge

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Dress, 1-Piece

Catalogue number: CS*212884.004

Date: 1908

Maker: Unknown


Natural-colored pongee silk; net high stand collar with stays, trimmed with natural-colored lace; net inset square-shaped yoke at front and back, embellished with pink, green, and blue embroidery; pleats at waist, extend over shoulders and down back of bodice; pleated inset waistband gives cummerbund effect; center back opening closed with hooks-and-eyes at upper portion, hidden closure underneath pleats at lower portion; bodice trimmed with natural-colored braid; long sleeves of net, tucked horizontally, with additional lace trim; overcap of pongee, trimmed with braid; cap seamed slightly to back, with lower portion open and folded back at one side, with braid lacing and tassels; bodice lined with white cotton; gored skirt with wide flounce at bottom; flounce trimmed with braid; skirt closed with hooks-and-eyes at center back, partway down seam; hem faced.


This spring/summer dress was both made and worn by the donor. The fabric came from Panama and she made the dress in the spring of 1908 for wear that year. Exhibited in the Hall of American Costume from 1964 to 1973.

Credit: Gift of Mrs. B. B. Dumville