Smithsonian - National Museum of American History, Behring Center

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: 1995.0213.005

Date: 1925-1927

Maker: Unknown


Evening; chartreuse crepe-back satin; dropped waistline seam; sleeveless; bodice overlayed completely with beaded chartreuse chiffon; neckline and armholes heavily beaded with clear and silver bugle beads, rhinestones, and pearls; deep scoop neckline in front and deep, slightly V neckline in back; additional beaded trim in floral design along lower bodice; satin skirt; overlapping chiffon petal-shaped panels, beaded at edges; overlay skirt; heavily beaded panel around hips, sewn into waistline seam and with free hanging, scalloped lower edge; panel at center back wider and longer than those around sides and front; panels have picot edges.


This evening dress was worn by an American woman. Although there is no label, the construction and elaborate beading design make us believe that it might have been made in France.

Credit: Gift of Sandra Oechsner and Kathryn Webb