Black and Gold Beaded Dress

Brief Item Record

Title: Black and Gold Beaded Dress

Date: 1915 (circa)

Description: Beaded black netted dress over gold metallic organza lined with China silk.

1. Black cotton netting; gold silk netting; gold metallic organza lined with china silk; bronze metallic organza lined with china silk; black silk velvet; white blown glass beads; gray glass seed beads; gray glass bugle beads; metal hook and eyes; metal snaps; nude cotton armpit guards; nude grosgrain ribbon

2. Full length

3. V-neck, under layer cuts across at bottom; half length sleeve; full length dress; black net over layer with intricate beading details, vertical lines of gray beads all over the black netting, more dense lines at hem and neckline, two lines of seed beads following hem of netting on the front, one strand of white beads lining the collar and underarm holes, another line of white beads in between neck and armhole at shoulder, flower design of white beads across chest and middle of skirt; line of white beads around hem of sleeves, two lines of seed beads on either side of white beads, vertical gray lines of beads up sleeve, one white beaded flower on each sleeve; gold metallic organza under layer everywhere except sleeves, covered with gold mesh at neck and shoulders under the lines of back netting; black velvet waistband, bronze metallic organza flowers at princess seam of waistband, second band of velvet between flowers at waist band, at flowers it becomes loose and flows down towards bottom of dress; netting overlap at side seams; two metal snaps at right waistband flower; front beaded net wraps around and ties at back waist; snaps along back waistband, snaps along center back bodice; black net of bodice forms V in back with gold organza and gold net panel in between; grosgrain ribbon in side waistband, hook and eye closures at back inside waistband

Full Item Record

Dublin Core

Identifier

VC1992041

Title

Black and Gold Beaded Dress

Description

Beaded black netted dress over gold metallic organza lined with China silk.

1. Black cotton netting; gold silk netting; gold metallic organza lined with china silk; bronze metallic organza lined with china silk; black silk velvet; white blown glass beads; gray glass seed beads; gray glass bugle beads; metal hook and eyes; metal snaps; nude cotton armpit guards; nude grosgrain ribbon

2. Full length

3. V-neck, under layer cuts across at bottom; half length sleeve; full length dress; black net over layer with intricate beading details, vertical lines of gray beads all over the black netting, more dense lines at hem and neckline, two lines of seed beads following hem of netting on the front, one strand of white beads lining the collar and underarm holes, another line of white beads in between neck and armhole at shoulder, flower design of white beads across chest and middle of skirt; line of white beads around hem of sleeves, two lines of seed beads on either side of white beads, vertical gray lines of beads up sleeve, one white beaded flower on each sleeve; gold metallic organza under layer everywhere except sleeves, covered with gold mesh at neck and shoulders under the lines of back netting; black velvet waistband, bronze metallic organza flowers at princess seam of waistband, second band of velvet between flowers at waist band, at flowers it becomes loose and flows down towards bottom of dress; netting overlap at side seams; two metal snaps at right waistband flower; front beaded net wraps around and ties at back waist; snaps along back waistband, snaps along center back bodice; black net of bodice forms V in back with gold organza and gold net panel in between; grosgrain ribbon in side waistband, hook and eye closures at back inside waistband

Date

1915 (circa)

Subject

Clothing and dress

Extent

40 inches (chest), 36 inches (waist), 41.25 inches (center front length), 41.5 inches (center back length),

Type

Physical Object

Temporal Coverage

Rights

Rights Holder

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Costume Item Type Metadata

Cataloguer with Date

Anne Silk, Leksi Kolanko, Chloe Boxer, Sarah Saiz 3/5/2010

Color Main

Chest

40

Waist

36

Center Front Length

41.25

Center Back Length

41.5

All Measurements

40 inches (chest), 36 inches (waist), 41.25 inches (center front length), 41.5 inches (center back length),

Label

Armpit guard 'none better garment saver/loshers/made in America/reg. US pat. off. opera shape flesh color'

Date Earliest

1910

Date Latest

1919

Gender

Classification

costume
clothing

Function

Condition Term

good

Condition Description

gold mesh chunks falling off, organza frayed at bottom, small holes in black netting, white beads breaking, beads falling off all over, tear at right shoulder, staining on inside lining

Mannequin

Colleen's hard with arms

Storage Location

L3

Exhibition Notes

This evening dress demonstrates just how women's fashion became more revealing and more liberating, reflecting the new independent lifestyles that women were living. The tubular, corset-less shape of this dress provided for a more natural silhouette like that which dress reform advocates had called for decades before. Unbound by restrictive undergarments, women were free to move and dance as they pleased in more practical and healthy attire. Though the beadwork of this dress has survived very well, many areas of net had deteriorated and had to be encapsulated in new netting. Loose pieces were reattached and reinforced, and tears in the skirt were repaired. Researched and Stabilized by Aleksandra Kolanko ‘12

Work Type

Citation

“Black and Gold Beaded Dress,” Vassar College Costume Collection, accessed October 20, 2021, http://vccc.vassarspaces.net/items/show/713.

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