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Date Made:1925-1927
Materials:textile: dark blue silk chiffon; glass bead embroidery;
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Greenfield (probably)
Measurements:Center Back (CB): 42 1/2 in; 108 cm); Center Front (CF): 40 in; 101.6 cm)
Accession Number:  HD 2012.23.2
Credit Line:Gift of Sylvia Smead Gallagher

Woman's one piece afternoon or evening dress of dark blue silk chiffon, with embroidery at the neckline and at each sleeve cuff. Worn by Ruth Searles Smead (1899-1991) of Greenfield, Massachusetts, in the mid-1920s, and probably made by a local dressmaker. Harper's Bazar for January 1926 noted the feature of long sleeves for more formal dresses at that time (previously formality dictated sleeveless styles). This example, with sheer long sleeves, bridges both styles. Asymmetrical self fabric drape decorates the proper left bodice front side and the proper right back skirt side. Tiny metallic glass beads are embroidered into a decorative triangle shape at the center front neckline, and embellish the narrow cuff that terminates each sleeve. This dress illustrates the fashion for looser, more tubular dress styles popular for mid-1920s styles. Bust 42", waist (underslip) 42"; waist (dress) 44", hips 48". See also 2012.23.1; .3-.9.

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