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Afternoon or Evening Dress

Made by: Oldric Royce, Inc.

Currently in storage

About this object

Mrs. Post wore this dress for her wedding to Herbert May on June 18, 1958. The garment is constructed on a boned, strapless bodice of pale blue acetate. An overbodice of corded lace is cut in a princess line with a sweetheart shaped mock-neckline. A band of vertically pleated net extends the bodice and forms a wide, slightly V-shaped neckline and capped sleeves. Edges are finished with narrow lace. The skirt is comprised of three layers attached at the waist. The top layer of corded lace is decorated in the middle with a scallop shaped, inset band of pleated net. The second layer is pale blue net. The bottom layer or lining is created from stiff felted paper covered on the outside with silk acetate and on the inside with silk. The garment closes at center back with a metal zipper. A fabric covered belt is attached at the waist and closes at left front side with snaps and one hook and eye.

Object name:
Afternoon or Evening Dress
Made from:
Silk acetate -- corded lace -- net
Made in:
USA: New York, NY
Date made:
shoulder to waist front __16.50 IN ||shoulder to waist back __16.00 IN ||circumference at waist __27.50 IN ||waist to hem front __27.00 IN ||waist to hem back __28.50 IN ||circumference of petticoat at hem __132.00 IN ||circumference of outerskirt at hem __140.00 IN
shoulder to waist front __41.91 CM ||shoulder to waist back __40.64 CM ||circumference at waist __69.85 CM ||waist to hem front __68.58 CM ||waist to hem back __72.39 CM ||circumference of petticoat at hem __335.28 CM ||circumference of outerskirt at hem __355.60 CM

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
label __Oldric / Royce Inc./ NEW YORK __in side seam of skirt ||note __Pale blue / before 1958 __with garment __handwritten in black ink
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"Ingenue to Icon: 70 Years of Fashion from the Collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post"