Evening Dresses

c.1911-1913

France

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

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