White linen dress with navy blue polka dots (without jacket), c. 1940s.
White linen dress with navy blue polka dots (with jacket), c. 1940s.
Gold silk satin evening gown with embroidered carnations, 1940s.
Emerald green velveteen belted dress, 1940s. DCV.
Beaded red wool crepe evening dress, 1940s.
Beige wool ensemble, by Vera Maxwell, American, 1945. Maxwell states that her first "real" design job was with Adler & Adler, where she worked from 1936-1937 and afterwards, found contract work to be very advantageous. Her classic, comfortable and timeless designs continued to garner praise and in 1947 she opened a business under her own name, Vera Maxwell Originals. Her career outlasted that of her contemporaries, as she did not stop designing until 1985.
Beige riding-wear-inspired ensemble (wool tweed jacket, wool pants, wool blouse, printed silk handkerchief, leather gloves), by Vera Maxwell, American, 1948.
Silk velvet evening dress with embroidered illusion neckline, by Sophie Gimbel for Saks Fifth Avenue, American, 1942.
Black wool suit with hot pink silk blouse (with jacket), by Norman Norell, American, 1941.
Black evening coat with paillettes, by Norman Norell, American, 1941. Worn with silk net dress with paillettes.
Multi-colored sequined dress, by Normal Norell, American, early 1940s. Part of the "Subway Costume" with black wool coat with velvet collar.
Black wool coat with velvet collar, by Normal Norell, American, early 1940s. Part of the "Subway Costume" with multi-colored sequined dress.
Sequined wool evening dress, attributed to Norman Norell for Hattie Carnegie, Inc., American, 1940-45.
Red silk evening dress with pussycat bow tie, by Norman Norell, American, 1942.
Black wool "Subway" cocktail dress with faux gem embellishment, by Norman Norell, American, 1942.
Sequined black silk evening dress, by Norman Norell, American, 1949.
Ensemble (black wool sweater, sequined skirt, and black leather belt), by Norman Norell, American, 1942.
Plaid wool suit, by Lucien Lelong, French, 1946.
Black and red sheer cotton mull dress, Hungarian, 1940s.
Black wool and silk tuxedo, by Brooks Brothers, American, 1948.
Man's evening suit, by Brooks Brothers, American, 1947.This set of evening coordinates is unusual in its completeness. Made by Brooks Brothers, a well-known high-quality American menswear maker, it features an unusual piqué pattern on vest. The mock-front and real center-back-button closure of the shirts makes for cleaner, smoother look.
Red silk dinner dress (with matching sandal), by Jessie Franklin Turner, American, 1942.
Pale smoke blue chiffon evening dress with embroidered "feather" appliqués (detail), probably European, ca. 1948. Tirelli Trappetti Foundation.