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Made by: Madeleine et Madeleine

Currently in storage

About this object

Marjorie Merriweather Post purchased this dress on a trip to Paris. The silhouette of the dress is created by a divided skirt with an uneven hem, a feature popular in fashion after World War I.

Empire waisted, low back, evening dess with a fitted bodice of gold and black silk brocade. The short capped sleeves are of black tulle. The garment is constructed on a black silk underskirt with an embroidered black tulle overlay. Two irregularly cut panels of solid tulle are attached at sides. A small decorative ruching of silk brocade is attached at center back waist. A brocade panel extends from waist to hem where it is turned under and attached to the underskirt at center front hem. This design creates a divided skirt with an uneven hem.

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Made from:
Silk -- tulle -- brocade
Made in:
Paris, France
Date made:
H. 14 1/2 in. (shoulder to waist front); H. 15 in. (shoulder to waist back); Dia. 26 1/2 in. (waist circumference); H. 40 in. (waist to hem front); H. 44 1/2 in. (waist to hem back)

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Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"Embroidered Dreams: Designs from the House of Madeleine & Madeleine"