Smithsonian - National Museum of American History, Behring Center

Costume Collection - Women's Dresses

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Dress, 2-Piece - click to enlarge

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Dress, 2-Piece

Catalogue number: CS*294440.004

Date: 1920 - 1929

Maker: Stewart and Company


Evening; dress with slip; DRESS-gold-colored net covered in glass bugle beads in diamond design; neckline trimmed with sequins in a floral pattern; sleeveless; low V neck in back and front; dropped irregular waist seam; skirt formed of petal-shaped sections trimmed with sequins in floral design; uneven hem; open down the back from neckline to hip to expose slip beneath; SLIP-gold silk woven with silk wrapped in gold-colored foil; cut straight across bust; narrow straps; slightly A-line in shape; deep foldover hem.


The donor was a collector of costume, and wrote the museum that this dress was worn by a woman who "was very social" and lived in Boston. The labels in this dress indicate that it was custom-made in France for Stewart and Company, a specialty shop. Exhibited in Men and Women: A History of Costume, Gender and Power in America from 1989 to 1991.

Credit: Gift of Mrs. A. S. Guimaraes