Daisy Chain Dress

Brief Item Record

Title: Daisy Chain Dress

Date: 1925

Description: Dress of sheer ivory cotton batiste: boatneck; cap sleeves; dropped waist with skirt gathered and hand sewn to waistline at sides; mid calf length; metal hook and eye closures; inserted lace panels from neckline to hemline at center front and center back; lace panel trim along entire hemline; self bias tape hand sewn to edges of neck and sleeves; vertical lace panels machine stitched; hand embroidered flowers. Worn in 1925 for the Daisy Chain at Vassar Commencement by Kathryn Keeler Sherrill VC '27.

Full Item Record

Dublin Core

Identifier

VC1985001

Title

Daisy Chain Dress

Description

Dress of sheer ivory cotton batiste: boatneck; cap sleeves; dropped waist with skirt gathered and hand sewn to waistline at sides; mid calf length; metal hook and eye closures; inserted lace panels from neckline to hemline at center front and center back; lace panel trim along entire hemline; self bias tape hand sewn to edges of neck and sleeves; vertical lace panels machine stitched; hand embroidered flowers. Worn in 1925 for the Daisy Chain at Vassar Commencement by Kathryn Keeler Sherrill VC '27.

Date

1925

Subject

Clothing and dress

Relation

depicted in Photograph of Kathryn Keeler Sherrill carrying the Daisy Chain; photograph; unknown photographer; http://vcomeka.com/vccc/items/show/1274
is referenced by Letter from Les Sherrill, Jr.; letter (correspondence); Les Sherrill Jr,; http://vcomeka.com/vccc/items/show/1393
depicted in Fashioning an Education; online exhibition; http://vcomeka.com/vccc/exhibits/show/fashioning/intro

Extent

42 inches (dropped waist), 39 inches (center front length)

Medium

Type

Physical Object

Spatial Coverage

Temporal Coverage

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/

Rights Holder

© Vassar College Costume Collection. Images in this collection may be used for teaching, classroom presentation, and research purposes only. For other reuse, reproduction and publication of these images, contact costumeshop@vassar.edu.

Costume Item Type Metadata

Cataloguer with Date

Arden Kirkland 1/12/2009

Color Main

Color Secondary

Dress Type

Neckline

Sleeve Length

Waistline

Waist

42

Center Front Length

39

All Measurements

42 inches (dropped waist), 39 inches (center front length)

Donor

Sherrill, Kathryn Keeler

References

Letter of donor (and photos) Easy Ways , 23 (1928)

Date Earliest

1925

Date Latest

1925

Culture

Gender

Classification

costume
clothing

Category

Function

Life Stages

Exhibitions

Vassar Girls and Other Women

Public Information

This dress represents a moment in Vassar history which indicates the Vassar community's commitment to accept and acknowledge certain changes in the context of a greater tradition. The carrying of the Daisy Chain takes place in honor of, and respect for, the completion of four years of scholarship, and the young women who carry that chain carry the same honor and respect regardless of the time period in which they are doing it, or the styles particular to that period. Unlike Class Day, the Daisy Chain is a tradition that has endured. The wearing of a white dress remains a constant throughout history, representing the serious tone of the ceremony through the apparent purity of the wearers. White dresses continued to be worn for college events for many years. Professor of History Emeritus Benjamin Kohl, in recalling his early years teaching at the college (he began at Vassar in 1966), said: 'I'll never forget the first convocation I marched in . . . there were 1500 young women in white dresses . . . It was like a room full of angels, a kind of paradise.'A 19th century Daisy in full length, long sleeved, high necked gown, stood for the same tradition of respect as this Daisy of 1925 in short skirt, short sleeves, and low neck. For the Vassar of the 1920's, the same ideals take the form of a more exposed body of simple, strong, athletic, lines. The body itself is elaborated upon, rather than the clothing that conceals it.

Condition Term

very good

Condition Description

small hole in lace panel on back right side (near side waist gathers), small hole in the front right side of the netting Slight wrinkling throughout Fading throughout Yellowing throughout Small unknown brown specks throughout - rust?

Treatment

Exhibited 1991 ; mannequin: size 11 1968; Stored with slip used for exhibitions (was labeled b, but doesn't actually go with the garment - should be put in slip box and labeled as other slips are); Possible homemade.

Mannequin

size 11 1968

Storage Location

D2

Donation Date

10/30/1985

Exhibition Notes

from 'Vassar Girls and Other Women: 1854-1925'exhibition, June 1993: 23 1925 white cotton batiste Daisy Chain dress of Kathryn Keeler Sherrill '27 1985.1 Gift of Kathryn Keeler Sherrill '27, 1985 Worn by the donor in 1925 when she was a member of the Daisy Chain, this dress of ivory cotton batiste is trimmed with inserted lace panels and hand embroidered flowers. The relevance of this dress is its representation of a moment in Vassar history which indicates the Vassar community's commitment to accept and acknowledge certain changes in the context of a greater tradition: the carrying of the Daisy Chain takes place in honor of and respect for the completion of four years of scholarship, and the young women who carry that chain carry the same honor and respect regardless of the time period in which they are doing it and the styles particular to that period. Unlike Class Day, the Daisy Chain is a tradition that has endured. The wearing of a white dress remains a constant throughout history, representing the serious tone of the ceremony through the apparent purity of the wearers. A 19th century Daisy in full length, long sleeved, high necked gown, stands for the same tradition of respect as does this Daisy of 1925 in short skirt, short sleeves, and low neck. For the Vassar of the 1920's, the same ideals take the form of a more exposed body of simple, strong, athletic, lines. The body itself is elaborated upon, rather than the clothing that conceals it.

Work Type

Pattern

Citation

“Daisy Chain Dress,” Vassar College Costume Collection, accessed May 29, 2024, http://vccc.vassarspaces.net/items/show/671.

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