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Object Name Dress
Object ID 2014.23.2
Date circa 1960
Description Cream colored dress with sheer overlayers and floral trim. Bodice features double spaghetti straps and princess seams. Tulip-style opening at CB. CB zip closure. Back skirt panel has second layer of organza attached at side seams. Bodice and apron have dimensional floral appliques sandwiched between two layers of organza. Majority of floral detail is on the back; slowers are two shdes of pink mounted on brown silk ribbon stems and stems embellished with faux leaves. Floral embellishments curve away from CB accentuating tulip-shaped top layer; one stem continues onto front of the garment (front has one pink flower and leaf detail near hem at left and right. Bodice has a crumb catcher style overlay which is basted in at left and right (although right stich has come loose). Green velvet ribbon at waist, has bow detail at back and snap closure. Bodice has boning. Seam allowances are unfinished. Underskirt of ruffled tulle attached at waist. Trim is sewn to skirt, but glued at bodice. 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, and the contact person no longer at the institution.

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]