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Made by: Bergdorf Goodman

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About this object

This tubular, three quarter length dress in caramel colored velvet was worn by Mrs. Post when her daughter, Adelaide Brevoort Close, married Thomas Welles Durant. The bodice has a low, scooped front revealing the underslip. Long sleeves of silk organza are cut in an open bell shape. Brown organza sewn flat to form a band and embroidered with bronze colored metal thread is used to decorate the sleeves, neck edge, dropped waist, and hem. Decorative ties, cut in one with the dress and designed to be tied at waist level, are trimmed with the same embroidered bands. The skirt is cut flat and joined at hip level with small pin tucks and gathers to add fullness to center front. The decorative banding and shaped waist yoke are seen on several other dresses from the same period. The tubular silk charmeuse slip has wide straps and is flared at bottom. The hem is finished in a scalloped shape with a shaped band of silk organza. A square, freehanging panel of silk organza is attached at center front to shoulder straps. The dress was worn with a brown velvet cloche hat.

costume, post family
Object name:
Made from:
Velvet (dress); silk organza -- silk charmeuse (slip)
Made in:
New York, USA
Date made:
Dress: 22 × 21 1/2 × 20 1/2 in. (55.9 × 54.6 × 52.1 cm) Slip: 36 × 41 × 41 × 62 in. (91.4 × 104.1 × 104.1 × 157.5 cm)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
LABEL: Bergdorf & Goodman Co. / Mrs. E. Hutton / 1543 / 616 5TH AVE. N.Y. Date NO [on slip side seam] A shield with "BG" is also present on the label.
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973