Cream Silk and Lace Dress

Brief Item Record

Title: Cream Silk and Lace Dress

Date: 1903

Description: Blouse and skirt (part of a bridesmaid's gown) of sheer ivory silk with inserted tucks and lace (3/4 inch strips of ivory lace). ; Skirt (part of a bridesmaid's gown) of sheer ivory silk trimmed with .75'' wide ivory lace strips: upper yoke comes to a point at center back and continues into full length panel at center front, entirely pin tucked, with 9'' above hem lace strips inserted (with silk cut away behind) horizontally/diagonally along bottom of yoke, then radiating at vertically from yoke to below hipline, 3 rows of lace inserted horizontally at about knee level, below which are 3 pin tucks, also horizontally; skirt ends in .75'' wide tucks at hemline. yoke pin tucks = by machine horizontal pin tucks = hand sewn lace inserted by machine

Full Item Record

Dublin Core

Identifier

VC1992096

Title

Cream Silk and Lace Dress

Description

Blouse and skirt (part of a bridesmaid's gown) of sheer ivory silk with inserted tucks and lace (3/4 inch strips of ivory lace). ; Skirt (part of a bridesmaid's gown) of sheer ivory silk trimmed with .75'' wide ivory lace strips: upper yoke comes to a point at center back and continues into full length panel at center front, entirely pin tucked, with 9'' above hem lace strips inserted (with silk cut away behind) horizontally/diagonally along bottom of yoke, then radiating at vertically from yoke to below hipline, 3 rows of lace inserted horizontally at about knee level, below which are 3 pin tucks, also horizontally; skirt ends in .75'' wide tucks at hemline. yoke pin tucks = by machine horizontal pin tucks = hand sewn lace inserted by machine

Date

1903

Subject

Clothing and dress

Extent

23 inches (waist), 39 inches (center front length), 56 inches (center back length),

Medium

Type

Physical Object

Spatial Coverage

Temporal Coverage

Rights

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Rights Holder

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Costume Item Type Metadata

Cataloguer with Date

Arden Kirkland 4/25/1993; Julia Fields May 2012

Color Main

Closure

Waist

23

Center Front Length

39

Center Back Length

56

All Measurements

23 inches (waist), 39 inches (center front length), 56 inches (center back length),

Donor

Mrs. C. Lane Goss

References

front jacket cover of The Turn of the Century Group Felger, 91-107

Date Earliest

1903

Date Latest

1903

Culture

Gender

Classification

costume
clothing

Category

Function

Exhibitions

Vassar Girls and Other Women



Vanya 2012 Poster

Public Information

Grace Woodworth, aunt of Mrs. C. Lane Goss '28, wore 1992.96 as the skirt of her bridesmaid's gown for the wedding of Mrs. Goss' mother Clara Farewell Holt ex-'02, on June 25,1903. The delicate texture of the ivory silk of the skirt, accented by the soft touches of inserted lace, are a dramatic example of the early twentieth century adoption of styles previously reserved only for lingerie. While the legs, arms, and neck are still concealed by the dress, its similarity to lingerie styles implies an approach toward more revealing styles; an approach which is achieved to a much greater extent by the 1920's. The matching bodice has recently been re-discovered in the collection, but has not yet been photographed with the skirt.

Condition Term

good

Condition Description

Wrinkles throughout

Stand collar creased

All over yellowing

Surface dirt along skirt hem

Second from third layer of lace at bodice left front is fraying

Storage Location

F4

Exhibition Notes

25 1903 ivory silk bridesmaid's skirt 1992.96 Gift of Mrs. C. Lane Goss '28, 1977 Grace Woodworth, aunt of Mrs. C. Lane Goss '28, wore 1992.96 as the skirt of her bridesmaid's gown for the wedding of Mrs. Goss' mother Clara Farewell Holt ex-'02, on June 25,1903. The delicate texture of the ivory silk of the skirt, accented by the soft touches of inserted lace, are a dramatic example of the early twentieth century adoption of styles previously reserved only for lingerie. While the legs, arms, and neck are still concealed by the dress, its similarity to lingerie styles implies an approach toward more revealing styles; an approach which is achieved to a much greater extent by the 1920's.

Work Type

Citation

“Cream Silk and Lace Dress,” Vassar College Costume Collection, accessed April 14, 2024, http://vccc.vassarspaces.net/items/show/768.

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