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Object Name Coat
Object ID 2014.23.1
Date 1910-1918
Description Woman's dark blue velvet coat with black passamenterie trim throughout. Rounded collars with notched lapel; collar is heavilly embellished with passamenterie braid. Long sleeves, gathered at shoulder seam, with band of passamenterie trim below elbow area to cuff. Attached turn-back (or rolled) cuffs, decorated with black textured ribbon trim and embroidery in beige, off-white, pale green, and rust silk thread in the shape of leaves. Open front with one hook and eye closure. Princess seams accentuated with black textured ribbon from shoulder seam to hem front and back on right side (left side trim is missing). At hem on right side, the ribbon forms a parallel border to hem and meets vertical ribbon that runs along CF opening. At CF toward top of coat is more passamenterie trim and textured black ribbon is manipulated into rosette shape. Ribbon trim with rosette also adorns side seam (left and right). Black trim present along back left pricess seam and right shoulder to hem. Curved ribbon trim parallel from armsyce to waist area and rosette left and right. Two 23" vents up back of the coat (left and right), trimmed with ribbon. Fully lined. 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]