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Costume Collection - Women's Dresses

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Dress, 1-Piece

Catalogue number: CS*312919.001

Date: 1961-1966

Maker: Jane Derby

Designer: Oscar de la Renta


Yellow crepe short evening dress; A-line; round neck; the front and back yoke and long sleeves are cut in one; zipper closure extends from bottom of yoke part way into skirt; center front open above zipper and closes with hook-and-eye at neck; long sleeves; trimmed with heavy 1/2" trimming of blue imitation turquoise and rhinestones around neck, down either side of center front, around hem, and at wrist openings in sleeve; completely lined in yellow silk.


Marjorie S. Deane, both the donor and wearer of this dress, lived in New York City. She was the Chairman of Tobe Associates, an organization that published, a fashion forecasting journal for the fashion industry. At the time she wore this dress, Oscar de la Renta was the designer for the manufacturer. In 1967 he purchased the firm and began designing under his own name. The dress was worn in New York City. It was exhibited in Suiting Everyone: The Democratization of Clothing in America from 1974 to 1979.

Credit: Gift of Marjorie S. Deane