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Evening Dress

Made by: Oldric Royce, Inc.

Currently in storage


About this object

This full length, sleeveless evening gown is very similar to another, shorter dress in the collection (48.119.1-4). The black lace bodice is trimmed at the scoop neck with two intersecting bands of black velvet, creating a "cut-out" effect. A wing sleeve is created from two semicircles of pleated organza with a black lace overlay placed at front and back of each shoulder. Spiral boning and suspended weights at the side front ensure that the garment does not shift. Pink organza insets in a "zig-zag" motif decorate the bodice at front and back. A pleated skirt of pink organza with diamond and zig-zag shaped appliques of black lace is attached at the natural waist. The garment closes with a metal zipper at center back. The dress was probably worn with a narrow black velvet belt to complement the trim at the neckline and conceal the visible waist seam. The dress is worn over a full, strapless pink taffeta petticoat. The petticoat has a boned bodice and full skirt, and closes at center back with a metal zipper. A separate, pink net half petticoat with a gros-grain waist belt was also worn for added fullness.

Category:
COSTUME, POST FAMILY
Object name:
Evening Dress
Made from:
Organza -- lace (dress); taffeta (full petticoat); net (half petticoat)
Made in:
USA: New York, NY
Date made:
1958-1960
Size:
dress: shoulder to waist front __16.50 IN ||dress: shoulder to waist back __16.00 IN ||dress: waist circumference __28.00 IN ||dress: waist to hem front __41.00 IN ||dress: waist to hem back __43.50 IN ||dress: hem circumference (estimate) __624.00 IN ||strapless petticoat: waist circumference __28.00 IN ||strapless petticoat: hem circumference __40.50 IN ||half petticoat: waist circumference __28.00 IN ||half petticoat: waist to floor front __39.00 IN ||half petticoat: waist to floor back __41.50 IN ||half petticoat: hem circumference __380.00 IN
dress: shoulder to waist front __41.91 CM ||dress: shoulder to waist back __40.64 CM ||dress: waist circumference __71.12 CM ||dress: waist to hem front __104.14 CM ||dress: waist to hem back __110.49 CM ||dress: hem circumference (estimate) __1584.96 CM ||strapless petticoat: waist circumference __71.12 CM ||strapless petticoat: hem circumference __102.87 CM ||half petticoat: waist circumference __71.12 CM ||half petticoat: waist to floor front __99.06 CM ||half petticoat: waist to floor back __105.41 CM ||half petticoat: hem circumference __965.20 CM

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
48.118.1-3
Signature marks:
label __Oldric / Royce inc. / NEW YORK __in center back seam of full petticoat
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"