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Costume Collection - Women's Dresses

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Dress, 1-Piece

Catalogue number: CS*309457.001

Date: 1934

Maker: Unknown


Black crepe; bodice front and back beaded in spiral tendril design; sweetheart neckline in front; short cap sleeves with additional beading; inset red crepe waistband that gives appearance of cummerbund; falling sash of red crepe hangs down center front of skirt; metal zipper and hooks on left side for closure; slightly padded shoulders; dress unlined except at waistband inset where lined with red rayon.


The donor wore this dress to her high school senior ball in Port Angeles, Washington. She had purchased it at "The Smart Shop," a local store, for about $20. It was exhibited in Suiting Everyone: The Democratization of Clothing in America from 1974 to 1979.

Credit: Gift of Elsie P. DeHart