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Object Name Suit
Date 1980s
Description Woman's suit consisting of (a) jacket and (b) skirt
(a) Fuschia polyester jacket with princess seams and short sheer puffed sleeves with ribbon and rhinestone embellishments. Front button closure with metal and rhinestone buttons. Bodice is lined. Sleeves has interior tulle layer for support, shoulder pads.
(b) Fuschia polyester straight skirt; waistband with elastic back and zipper closure. Fully lined.
Labels: "Jessica Howard"; "100% Polyester"; "Size 14"
Object ID 2014.23.5
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]