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Costume Collection - Women's Dresses

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Dress, 1-Piece

Catalogue number: CS*313227.001

Date: 1965

Maker: Rudi Gernreich

Designer: Rudi Gernreich


Royal blue and black wool knit; smock form with long sleeves; yoke of check fabric; foldover collar of check fabric; center front opening, slightly to left of center front, with hidden zipper that extends into skirt; set-in sleeves of three fabrics-upper portion of check, then stripe with black background and lastly stripe with blue background; elastic at wrist; upper portion of skirt of stripe with black background and lower portion of skirt of stripe with blue background; foldover hem; unlined.


This dress was a gift from the designer. The mannequin was dressed with all correct accessories to show how it would have looked for the designer's 1965 collection. The stockings are of the same material as the dress. The dress and stockings would have retailed together for about $85. The black heeled Capezio shoes are original to the outfit. Exhibited in Suiting Everyone: The Democratization of Clothing in America from 1974 to 1979.

Credit: Gift of Rudi Gernreich, Inc.