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Object Name Dress
Object ID 2014.23.4
Date 1910-1920
Description Lingerie dress in thin, white textured cotton gauze; slight blouson front. High neck; cotton mesh fabric at collar and CF. CF is partially overlaid with cotton lace and embroidered panel; scalloped edges on the innermost edge of embroidered CF panel. Pleated cummerbund waistband. Long skirt has mesh panels at hips covered by a hanging fabric panel/apron edged in wide lace; cut out strip near skirt bottom has wide lace insert. Closes at back with long panel of buttons with bound buttonholes and two hook and eyes at waist. Sleeves end in wide lace cuffs. Label: "National Coat & Suit Company New York" (label is inside back placket near waist)
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]
People & Trade Names National Cloak and Suit Co. of New York