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Date: 1920s

Material: silk crepe de chine, cotton embroidery



Label: None

Navy silk crepe de chine dress with ecru double collar. Blue, red, and ecru cotton embroidery running down the collar and at the pockets.


Bust: 36 inches

Waist: 35.5 inches

Shoulder to shoulder: 13.5 inches

Nape to bottom: 40.5 inches

Neck to shoulder seam: 5 inches

More Information: In July of 1926, Anne Rittenhouse, fashion writer for McCall’s magazine commented on the decorative necklines that were in fashion: “The designers of women’s clothes, or perhaps the women themselves, grow weary of the wide oval opening at the neck. . . .It remains an occasional outline, but its trying severity is made gracious by decoration. Embroidery in silk or metal threads brightens it.” Although decorated with cotton cross-stitch instead of silk, the embroidery adds a bold texture and color to the dress, as does the two-toned double collar and V-neck, drawing your eye away from the severity and simple cut of the dress. Buttons once lined the V neck, but they have since been lost to time.

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