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  • Dress, about 1932

    Worn by Virginia Palmer Bradfield Ward, this is a striking, beautiful dress used for evening wear. The fine but very plain crepe is exquisitely cut, with the rhinestones making the whole dress seem even more streamlined. It likely was worn with a small belt, now gone. Virginia Palmer Bradfield was born 1897 in Grand Rapids, MI. She was born in to one of Michigan's oldest mining families.Her great grandfather, Charles Henry Palmer, was a pioneer investor and developer of mines and railroads in Mi…

  • Evening gown of ecru lace from the 1930s

    This women's evening gown of ecru lace with ecru chiffon underskirt is sleeveless with wide shoulder straps and a scoop neckline front and back. It has a wide lace collar or ruffle with a scalloped edge which covers the bodice front and back. The plain, flared skirt is ankle length. It has a wide suede belt covered by the same ecru lace, with a rhinestone buckle. There is a loose, waist length jacket with short sleeves having wide mink fur cuffs. It is scalloped around the entire edge and …

  • Georgette Party Dress and Cape, 1933

    Three-piece party dress consisting of slip, dress and cape. Gray georgette dress and cape. Dress has pink machine lace bodice. The break between the georgette and lace is edged in embroidered flowers of lavender, pink and green. Long sleeves have pointed and weighted elbows. Bodice has weighted folds forming a bateau neckline. The skirt has a two tiered ruffled hem. A cape of georgette edged with diamond gussets softly ties in the front. Gray crepe slip. This garment was owned by Matilda…

  • Print Silk Crepe Day Dress with Lace Collar, 1933

    Day dress of printed silk crepe in off-white medium dark brown. Collar of machine lace in light brown, edged in dyed dark brown. Sleeves and cape effect in back of dark brown lace. This garment was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Wool Crepe Day Dress with Embroidered Bodice and Sleeves, 1933

    Gray wool softly textured crepe day dress with top and sleeves of embroidered chiffon. Cuffs are of wool. Accented on teh left front at waist with a chiffon and wool bow. This garment was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.