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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*312934.001

Date: 1968-1969

Maker: Geoffrey Beene

Designer: Geoffrey Beene


Yellow pique dress with bands of black double-faced satin ribbon on the raised waistline and around the hem; high-waisted princess-line bodice with attached bib at neck front; bib extends over top of skirt and has six black buttons on either side of center front; rolled collar; short sleeves; mid-calf-length.


This dress was worn by the donor, the vice-president and fashion director at Neiman-Marcus at that time. Because of the way it is finished on the inside, this is a sample that would have come directly from the designer's showroom. Exhibited in Suiting Everyone: The Democratization of Clothing in America from 1974 to 1979.

Credit: Gift of Kay Kerr Uebel