1924 Class Day Dress

Brief Item Record

Title: 1924 Class Day Dress

Date: 1924

Description: Dress of sheer yellow and ivory cotton batiste with embroidered trim; cord tie neckline with tassels at ends; cap sleeves; band of fabric defining dropped waist; skirt gathered onto dropped waist; ivory embroidered trim on skirt (single strand embroidery);hem and turned sleeve edges are hand sewn. Worn at Class Day by Martha Stockwell Mumford '24.

Full Item Record

Dublin Core

Identifier

VC1991001

Title

1924 Class Day Dress

Description

Dress of sheer yellow and ivory cotton batiste with embroidered trim; cord tie neckline with tassels at ends; cap sleeves; band of fabric defining dropped waist; skirt gathered onto dropped waist; ivory embroidered trim on skirt (single strand embroidery);hem and turned sleeve edges are hand sewn. Worn at Class Day by Martha Stockwell Mumford '24.

Date

1924

Subject

Clothing and dress

Extent

36 inches (waist), 43 inches (center front length),

Type

Physical Object

Spatial Coverage

Temporal Coverage

Rights

Rights Holder

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Costume Item Type Metadata

Color Main

Color Secondary

Waist

36

Center Front Length

43

All Measurements

36 inches (waist), 43 inches (center front length),

Donor

Martha Stockwell Mumford

References

Jan 18, 1991, letter from Mary ???

Date Earliest

1924

Date Latest

1924

Culture

Gender

Classification

costume
clothing

Category

Function

Exhibitions

Vassar Girls and Other Women

Public Information

The pale yellow tone of this dress strikes a strong contrast with the pure white necessary for the dresses worn on the day of Commencement itself. While Class Day, which usually took place the day before commencement and included activities surrounding the Class Tree, the passing of the spade, and the burial of the class records, may have started as a more formal event, the more casual nature of this dress may reflect the fact that by the 1920's Class Day had taken on a less formal, more celebratory tone. This tradition gradually became less and less formal, to the extent that it is no longer celebrated by Vassar's graduating seniors.

Condition Term

very good

Condition Description

Some light brown stains at neckline, underarms, and at CF of skirt A little fraying on inside of sleeve edge Slight wrinkles throughout Fading at neck and sleeves

Mannequin

size 10 1970

Storage Location

D2

Donation Date

1/18/1991

Exhibition Notes

22 pale yellow cotton batiste Class Day dress of Martha Stockwell Mumford '24 1991.1 Gift of Martha Stockwell Mumford '24,1991 The pale yellow tone of this dress strikes a strong contrast with the pure white necessary for the dresses worn on the day of Commencement itself. While Class Day, which usually took place the day before commencement and included activities surrounding the Class Tree, the passing of the spade, and the burial of the class records, may have started as a more formal event, the more casual nature of this dress may reflect the fact that by the 1920's Class Day had taken on a less formal, more celebratory tone. This tradition gradually became less and less formal, to the extent that it is no longer celebrated by Vassar's graduating seniors.

Work Type

Citation

“1924 Class Day Dress,” Vassar College Costume Collection, accessed October 20, 2021, http://vccc.vassarspaces.net/items/show/672.

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