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  • Light grey silk cocktail or formal gown from the late 1940s to mid 1950s

    This woman's light grey silk cocktail or formal gown has a flesh-colored yoke that is heavily beaded with pearls, rhinestones, and crystal. It has short sleeves, and a jewel neckline. The natural waistline is also outlined with two rows of beadwork. The skirt is gored and extremely full. It has an 11" hem, and attached petticoats of tan crepe and silk faced bottom interlined with horsehair. Back zipper and covered buttons with loop fastenings where chiffon begins. Worn by donor. Size 12. …

  • Rose colored two piece wool knit dress from the 1950s

    This rose colored woman's two piece wool knit dress has a top with an overall pattern of overlapping horizontal ribbed squares, 3/4 length raglan sleeves with ribbed cuffs, and a round neckline with a ribbed turn-over collar. There is a 6" neck zipper, and a ribbed bottom with belt loops for 3/4" self belt with a brass buckle. The straight skirt has a wide vertical ribbed pattern and an elasticized waistband. Label (in top): "Created by Chevy Chase Knitwear Mills, Inc."

  • Women's knee-length brown and black wool coat from the 1950s

    Women's knee-length, knubby textured brown and black wool coat. The double breasted coat has a narrow collar, and a lapel of black wool. It is fitted over the chest, and flares out at the hips. The flare is increased by padding on the hips The sleeves stop a little short of the wrists. Graduated size buttons. The coat was purchased by the donor in 1955 or 1956 at Julie's Inc. for $350.00. Label: "William Popper, From a Design by Charles James."

  • 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.

  • Women's two piece suit of black taffeta and fine black wool from the late 1940s to mid 1950s

    Woman's two piece suit of black taffeta and fine black wool. Skirt has graduated petals of black wool with three covered buttons over a very full, waltz length taffeta skirt. There is a side zipper.. The jacket is single breasted, with self-covered buttons. It has a rolled collar and shoulder pads. Long, tight sleeves with cuffs. Flares over hips. Label:(at neckline) "Irene"

  • 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…

  • 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."