Two-piece walking dress, circa late 1890s. Pale green silk faille. Boned bodice lined in green cotton with faux gemstone braid in front and around sleeves and cuffs. Contrasting lace forms placket, collar, and cuffs. Iridescent 2-tone silk organza outlines back seams and defines jacket edge. Fastens front with hooks and bars. Skirt lined in glazed cotton and constructed with gored sections and stroked pleats at center back. More braid and bow on front skirt.
Evening dress, attributed to Callot Soeurs, 1929, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Worn by Marjorie Merriweather Post for her presentation at the Court of St. James's. The tubular dress is sleeveless with dropped waistline and slightly flared at bottom. The garment is heavily beaded on the side seams and waist, both back and front, with rhinestones and clear bugle beads in a floral motif. Train attaches to dress with metal bars at dress shoulder. CLICK THROUGH FOR BIGGER IMAGES.