One of the first colour photos in Ireland, 1913 - Woman in traditional Gaelic dress


These images, which represent the first ever colour photographs taken in Ireland, were taken in 1913 by two French women, Marguerite Mespoulet and Madeleine Mignon-Alba, who used newly available autochrome colour plates. - More here

Evening Dresses



The empire style of a straight column of drapery and a high waist was high fashion especially in the years 1912 and 1913. Heavy fringe on delicate fabrics was popular, too, like the white silk fringe and silver beaded fringe on the sleeves and on the train of the green dress. The bodice is trimmed with pale pink pearls and pink chiffon rose buds. The other evening gown has similar proportions with the high waist and short sleeves, although the shape is less angular and more curved, like the swirling feathers “drawn” on the net overskirt in black and silver sequins. However soft they both look, they both are boned in the bodice. Both dresses belonged to Florence Elizabeth Hopwood ‘11 who married the widowed tycoon, Charles William Gates soon after her graduation. Both dresses are likely made in France. (Smith College Historic Clothing Collection)

Smith College Historic Clothing Collection