5 results for tag: dresses


Discoveries in the Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 22

Stepping back in time once again, next out of the trunk is this black taffeta dress with organdy/organza collar, cuffs, fronts-piece; wrap overskirt which is padded and decorated with a quilt-like stitching pattern.  I believe this is the dress identified in a note in the trunk as Nellie Webb’s Normal School graduation dress of 1896.  Miss Webb received her teacher’s certificate  in the Spring and taught at Grier school starting in September of 1896.  In 1899 she married Fred Reuter and became the mother of five children. Her graduation dress has an over-skirt which is shorter than the underskirt and has a scalloped ...

Exhibit: The Marriage Book Project

The Marriage Book Project Wedding costume from the 1800s An exhibit of wedding costume and photographs from pioneer to modern times. Includes costumes from our collection as well as some loaned items. If you or your family called the #Cheney area home, you are encouraged to bring in or send us your wedding photo or those from your ancestors to add to our marriage book.  We can scan your photo for you. Exhibit runs from May 2nd through September 28th.  Thursdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, donations keep us going.

Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 21

Another of the Kathleen Kennedy collection.Here we have a black wool crepe, close fitting coat dress with a black crepe lining, princess seaming, two front seam pockets, shoulder pads and pleated shoulder, fold-back collar, and three one-inch button front closure. There is no label in this dress. This is a very smartly tailored dress. I admire Mrs. Kennedy’s sense of style. Help us properly care for and preserve these artifacts.  Learn more about how you can help.  Click here.

Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 20

Continuing with the Kathleen Kennedy collection. This is a beautiful grey linen coat-dress with peach silk lining, short cuffed dolman sleeves, fitted bodice, front-pleated skirt. It has twelve, self-covered button front closure (one button missing, also missing belt), a 1-inch stand-up collar, and keyhole front.  The dress is 46" back length from base of collar to hem.  The label is from, Jack Huston, California.   I wasn't able to find anything on a search of the label.  It’s a very stylish, up-scale, business or afternoon organizing committee dress.  I would guess it’s from the late 1950s or ...

Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 18

Next to the 1884 “Second Day” outfit, this is my favorite discovery.  It is a jewel of a 1920’s flapper dress! The black-on-black, scoop-necked, beaded silk dress is calf-length with a beaded overdress that has a zig-zag hem.   The under dress of silk has sheer front and back bodice panels to the hip; the front bodice panel has a center 6-snap closure.  Top side panels of crepe form the shoulder, ¾-length sleeve, and visible side sections.  A satin a-line underskirt attaches at the hip down to a deep hem which shows beneath the overdress. The beaded overdress is jumper-like; attached to the under dress at the ...