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Evening Gown

Description

Two piece evening dress. Bodice (A) is made of cream silk satin and has a boat neckline. Short sleeves with net overlay and bands of dangling (simulated) pearls. Entire bodice is heavily beaded with pearls, large and small rhinestones, copper twist and clear and tarnished silver beads in wheat motif. Front of bodice is accented by five strands of large pearls and beads gathered at each shoulder by large pearlized buttons and rings of pearls and by a long dangling teardrop pearl. Strands are gathered in center front by large pearlized button; hanging down from each shoulders are epaulets of cream silk satin with more medallions of pearl buttons, rings of pearls and dangling teardrop pearls. Bodice is boned. Sleeves are lined in peach satin. Bodice neck has cream net edging with lace. Epaulets and back of neck are edged in lace. Drawstring at neck. Left arm has sweat guard. Hook and eye closure. There are more garlands of pearls over each sleeve. Bodice comes to a point in front. Prined label on inside ribbon has tarnished and flaked off but imprint remains. Skirt [B] of cream silk satin has similar beadwork and motifs. Bands of satin ribbon and lace ruffle are draped above hem below beadwork. Hem is edged with satin ribbon and lace ruffle. Slight train, hook and eye closure at back.

Details

Maker
Donovan, C., Mrs. (Dressmaker)
Date
1890-1900
Inscriptions
"Mrs. C. Donovan/ 280 Madison Ave./ New York" (Embroidered)
"THE BEST" "WARRENTED/ KLEINERT/ TRADEMARK" "FEATHER WEIGHT/ REGISTERED/ JAPANESE SILK/ K 4 A." (Text with image of a ribbon and cross)
"NICHOLLS" (stamped)
Location of origin
New York, NY
Material
beading (process)
rhinestone
satin
silk (textile)
Object type
Clothing -- Outerwear
Places
New York state (United States)
Descriptive terms
Beaded
beading (process)
evening dresses (garments)
Evening Wear
Formal Wear
Gown, Evening
gowns
Hand Stitched
Possibly wedding dresses
rhinestone
Rhinestone
satin
silk (textile)
Silk Satin
Women's clothing
Accession Number
1984.484AB
Credit Line
Gift of the Family of Sarah Merry Bradley Gamble
GUSN
12864

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