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Sleeveless, tubular evening dress with dropped waistline. Narrow shoulder straps are smocked and conceal a small lingerie strap. Bias cut silk satin, using the reverse side of the fabric, forms a diamond shape on both front and back of the dress and is overlaid with cream colored tulle. Beginning at the waist, gathered rows of 4-1/2" wide tulle are attached to the overlay. These rows are graduated in color, beginning with one cream colored row followed by two rows each of grey, light blue and dark blue. The silk satin underskirt has two cut godets to add fullness to the skirt. The hem is weighted at each seam along the hem.

costume, post family
Object name:
Made from:
Silk taffeta -- tulle
Made in:
New York, USA
Date made:
H. 21 in. (shoulder to waist front); H. 23 in. (shoulder to waist back); Dia. 36 in. (waist circumference); H. 25 in. (waist to hem front); H. 38 in. (waist to hem back)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
MODEL LABEL: Mme Frances INC / Mrs. E.F. Hutton Modista / No. 52 Model number and name are hand written [under maker label in dress side seam] MAKER LABEL: Mme. Frances INC. / GOWNS / 10 WEST 56TH STREET-NEW YORK [in side seam of dress] PAPER TAG: 1929 handwritten in pencil in MMP's handwriting [attached to gown at shoulder strap]
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973