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*249151.006

Date: 1956

Maker: Wilshire of Boston


DRESS-black wool; unlined; side seams; three-quarter length dolman sleeves; waist seam; dart on either side of center front at waist; narrow stand collar that overlaps at center front; back metal zipper that extends into skirt; metal hook-and-eye at center back of collar; dart on either side of center back at waist; shoulder seams; skirt has center back, center front, and side seams; narrow foldover hem; thread belt loops at sides; BELT-1-1/4" wide leather(?); two pieces stitched together near edges; one end has rectangular self-covered buckle with metal prong; other end pointed, with five holes for adjustment.


Although we cannot be certain, we believe that this dress was worn by the donor, who lived in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. Exhibited in the Hall of American Costume from 1964 to 1973, in a case featuring "The Little Black Dress."

Credit: Gift of Mrs. John C. Marshall