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COSTUME, POST FAMILY
H. 17 in. (shoulder to waist front); H. 19 in. (shoulder to waist back); Dia. 29 in. (waist circumference); H. 46 in. (waist to hem front); H. 50 in. (waist to hem back); Dia. 184 in. (hem circumference)
This bias-cut, low-back, fitted-waist evening dress eloquently illustrates fashionable women’s wear from the early 1930s. The bow at the back is loosely inspired by the Japanese obi, traditionally worn at the waist of the kimono. With 48.69, these dresses are referred to as "twins," or repeated designs in a variety of fabrics and color schemes. In many cases, Mrs. Post had details changed on one of the dresses. Capped sleeves were added to the black and white dress to conceal the shoulder straps. The pattern of the printed silk taffeta of the dress on the right reflects the influence of contemporary abstract painting on textile design.
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
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