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Object Name Ensemble
Object ID 2014.23.3a-c
Date 1930-1935
Description Ensemble consisting of (a) dress; (b) jacket; (c) slip.
(a) Dress of sheer floral print fabric in cream, orange, green, and brown; loose-cut bodice, sleeveless with lace insert at bottom of V-neckline. Attached ruffle at neckline point, bound edges of neckline and armholes, french seams. Skirt attached below hip with ruffled overskirt attached in a V pattern at hips. Drop waist. Skirt flares to bottom below ruffled overskirt. No labels.
(b) Sheer jacket in matching fabric; about waist length or slightly longer. Open front, no closure. Bound edges along neckline front opening and hem. Kimono sleeves, open along inner seam; edges of sleeve bound in orange embroidery thread. Front pannel of sleeve is shorter in length and width than back. No labels.
(c) Slip in champange-colored silk; has faggoting detail at bodice top, both straps, and skirt. Skirt is gathered into pleats at side hips. Boxy cut. No labels.
Provenance Transfer from the Rebecca Maude Owens Historic Clothing Collection from Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley Apparel and Textiles Program (3201 Southwest Trafficway, Kansas City, MO). This collection is now defunct/dispersed.

Rebecca Maude Owens, or Becky, as she was known at Penn Valley, was a respected educator and faculty leader at Penn Valley for over 30 years. In her attempt to bring history and historic costume alive for her students, Becky developed a collection of mostly 20th century apparel, with careful focus on how prevailing fashions of hte day would have been intepreted by Midwestern men, women, and children. Upon her retirement in 2007, she donated her considerable personal collection to the MCC-Penn Valley program for continued education and inspiration. In 2010, this collection was the recipient of the CSA Angels grant and workshop, resulting in catalouging, photographing, cleaning, and storing of over 400 pieces of the collection. The work has continued as part of student efforts in the 20th Century Costume History class, as well as considerable efforts from numerous volunteers [Source of this information: Sheryl A. Farnan, Program Coordinator, Apparel and Textiles Program, Metropolitan Community College--Penn Valley]