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  • 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.

  • Women's navy wool suit from the 1950s

    Woman's navy wool suit having a single breasted jacket with three oval buttons that have basalt, intaglio inset in sterling silver, and pockets formed by a wide cuff-like strip around the bottom of the jacket. The V-neck has a collar and lapels, and the jacket has a fitted waist and padded shoulders. The straight skirt has a side zipper. Navy-color, silk lining. Labels: Hudson's Woodward Shop, and Irene.

  • Deep red wool Women's suit has two pieces from the late 1940s to early 1950s

    This deep red wool woman's suit has two pieces. The single-breasted jacket has five covered buttons down the front and a small shawl collar. The long, straight sleeves have turned-back cuffs. Draped peplum on the back and sides is caught up with self-cords tipped in brass. The collar is also caught up with brass tipped cords. The skirt of below-knee length is a slightly flared "A" line. Labels: Irene, Hudson's Woodward Shops, Detroit

  • 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…

  • Women's suit from the 1950s

    Woman's suit. Two piece. Grey and mauve brocade with silvery figure, probably synthetic. Design based on the unicorn tapestry, showing the unicorn in captivated with scattered flowers between the corrals. Jacket: single breasted, with five self-covered buttons. Shallow V-neck, notched collar. Long tight sleeves with elbow darts, wide fold-back cuffs, very fitted. Mid-hip length, lined with grey crepe. Skirt: below knee length. Center front box pleat. Side pleats conceal pockets, gored back, si…

  • Women's beige, linen-look spring coat from the 1950s or 60s

    Woman's beige, linen-look spring coat (possibly a raw silk). The coat has a 4.5" flat collar, raglan sleeves, and a three button and one snap front closure. It also has two large patch pockets, and a beige silk lining. Labels: Claire Pearone, Paris-Detroit, and Vera Maxwell Original. This garment Berlou Moth Proofed, five year guarantee.

  • Women's black and white wool tweed coat from the 1950s or 60s

    Woman's black and white wool tweed coat with an all-in-one collar and lapels that turn into a single button closure coat. Red wool is used for the lining, and is the trim at the side front pleats. The coat has semi-raglan sleeves, and right and left inseam pockets. Labels: Pauline Trigere, and Margaret Rice, Grosse Pte, Mich.

  • 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."