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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*313216.001

Date: 1968-1969

Maker: T. Jones


Short dinner dress; turquoise fabric with large white dots; DRESS-center front opening in bodice with bound buttonholes and self covered buttons; foldover collar; side piece inset; back zipper opening that extends into skirt; skirt lightly gathered in back and front; deep foldover hem faced with tape; dress entirely lined with white sheer fabric; armhole faced with tape; BELT-self-fabric with self-covered buckle (without prong) at one end; snap closure to keep belt fastened.


Barbara Duke Dickstein purchased this dress for about $60 to $80 to wear for summer dinners and cocktail parties. She wore it in the Washington, D.C. area, where she lived, and on a trip to Nevada. Exhibited in Suiting Everyone: The Democratization of Clothing in America from 1974 to 1979.

Credit: Gift of Sidney and Barbara Dickstein