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  • Wool Blend Sleeveless Sheath Dress, about 1952

    Sleeveless sheath dress in navy blue wool/silk or wool/mohair blend. Composed of two panels, front and back, buttoned together at shoulder and along sides. Back panel pleated from knee-level to hem. Standing collar and hip-level pockets edged with white pique. Separate same-fabric belt edged with black patent leather. F (for front) and B (for back) embroidered at neckline; R (for right) and L (for left) embroidered in pockets. Clothing label: 1837(1?). This dress is not labeled, but it looks lik…

  • Blue Silk Faille Evening Dress, 1957

    Midnight blue silk faille dress. Very wide decollatage with three self-fabric roses: one at each shoulder and one at center front. Bracelet length sleeves. Very full skirt gathered into waistline. Skirt lined with blue silk organza. Underneatth are three layers of blue net, petticoat with three flounces of horsehair-stiffened net, and cream silk slip. Hem taken-up one half inch. Clothing label: AUTOMNE-HIVER 1957/Christian Dior. Stamped on label: 090226. This dress is from Dior's last collection…

  • Silk Ottoman-Style Dress with Short Jacket, 1952

    Short, off-white, heavily corded silk Ottoman-style dress with jacket. Strapless bodice with side seams emphasized by satin cording. Two satin bows on either side of waistline. Dress has been slightly shortened. Underneath dress is one layer of stiffening, one layer of tulle, and slip. Matching jacket is popularly called a shrug. Clothing label on dress: AUTOMNE-HIVER 1952/Christian Dior/PARIS. Stamped on label: 090226. Handwritten on tag sewn on back of label: 54.034. Clothing label on jacket: …