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  • Red Satin Dress

    Satin dress in read with taffeta lining, cap sleeves, fitted bodice, three-inch band with piping at neckline, v-neck in back. Dress has woven belt loops, padded hips with tucks, metal zipper, and Watteau pleats in the rear. Sakes Fifth Avenue, 1950-1959.

  • Black and Hot Pink Dress

    Black and hot pink silk or acetate knee length dress, lined. Straight skirt, short sleeves, gathered scoop neck in front; v-neck in back with zipper closure. Abstract print, darts on skirt. Saks Fifth Avenue, circa 1950-1959.

  • Black Lace Dress

    Short black chiffon A-line fitted evening dress, with lace overlay. Scoop neck in front and back, scallops around neck and armhole, pleated panels create large V shapes or zig-zag on skirt; bottom of skirt is pleated. Smart Miss, circa 1950-1959.

  • Black fitted cocktail dress from the 1950s

    Black, very fitted cocktail dress with wide band of black lace at bust and hip line. Black chiffon over beige crepe draped around scoop neck in front forming long bow down back to hem, back zipper. Label: "Howard Greer, Beverly Hills." Worn by donor to a dinner at Fishmonger's Hall, London, given by the American Bar Association at which Sir Winston Churchill made his last public speech in 1957.

  • Heavy gold moire silk strapless evening dress from the 1950s

    Heavy gold moire silk ottoman, strapless evening dress with heart-shaped neckline. The dress is a semi-princess line with the front cut in one piece. Fabric folded over hips to suggest panniers, and the skirt is pleated in the center back. Back zipper closure. The bodice is boned, and lined with black acetate. The gown's skirt has knee length black ninon underskirt-stiffened with a wide horsehair braid. Label: Julie Inc, Fisher Bldg. Detroit. Donor identifies it as a Norman Norell. It ha…

  • Cocktail dress from the 1950s

    Woman's cocktail dress. White lace, one piece dress with slip. Dress is fitted to the body without waistline seams. Peter Pan collar, sleeveless, flared skirt. Center back zipper. Three wide bands of bias horsehair to maintain circle skirt effect. White taffeta slip has fitted bodice and full circle skirt. Narrow beige shoulder straps, padded bra, center back zipper, and one row of horsehair for maintaining circle skirt effect. Label: Ruth Joyce.

  • Brown linen from the 1950s

    Woman's brown linen dress edged with white, fitted bodice," v" neck, side zipper, very short sleeves, cut in one with bodice, with gusset, natural waist, narrow self belt, straight, mid calf skirt, with rear kick pleat, false pockets on hips, 2 oblongs of white bias on right side of bodice, label reads "Harmay, N.Y."