3 - evening gown

Evening gownEvening gown
Saks Fifth Avenue Salon Moderne, New York
ca. 1936

Chiffon was often used to create elegantly draped gowns that typified evening wear in the 1930s. The bias cut of this dress allows the fabric to fall vertically. Note the natural shape of the waist as compared to the cinched form at the beginning of the century. The deep V-shaped back is also characteristic of evening gowns of this period. The ornamental overstitching at the neckline and belt provide structural support as well as ornamentation.

Gift of Mrs. Prentiss E. Furlow
Worn by the donor's aunt, Mrs. J. K. Findlay, of Shreveport, LA

LSM #1965.011.1a-c