Marjorie Merriweather Post's evening dress and purse, made by Mme. Frances, Inc., New York, 1924-27, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Other accessories include a matching slip, cape and fan. Silk velvet, rhinestones.
Evening dress with tiered chiffon skirt, American, ca. 1929. Made for movement & dancing. Three layers of silk chiffon cut with handkerchief hem, with many points hanging down from substantial width of beading. Above this floating base, bodice hangs smooth & straight. Silver bugle beads & rhinestones. Smith College Historic Clothing
Dresses for Spring, 1921
Patterns from the April, 1921 issue of Needlecraft magazine. Compare these very simple-looking dresses with ones from 1914 to see the radical transformation of middle-class women's clothing in the Western world in the years spanning the First World War. But despite their apparent simplicity, these frocks would have been constructed around either a body lining or a buckram foundation belt, in order to give them some shape. For more information on early 20's dress foundations, please go here…