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Fashion and Fashion Plates (exhibition)

Action view of stabilization sewing on Royal Blue Silk Dress with Tails
An exhibition of selected garments (dating from 1836-1956) donated to the Vassar College Costume Collection. The exhibition took place in the Faculty Commons in the College Center at Vassar, from June 12-15, 2014.

ID#: Fashion and Fashion Plates (exhibition)


Navy Polka Dot Dress

Four pieces, navy taffeta, navy mesh, off-white faille. Overdress (a) of navy mesh printed with off-white polka dots; deep-v neckline; shirtwaist silhouette with a-line ankle length skirt; falls at natural waist; semi-puff cap sleeves; small tears in shoulders and skirt; slight discoloration on sleeves. Sleeveless halter-neck dress (b) of navy…


ID#: VC2014005

Location: G6

Cartoon from the Vassar Chronicle

A cartoon from the January 22, 1949 issue of the Vassar Chronicle, of three Vassar students sitting on the floor, reading, drinking, and smoking, with the caption "I've simply GOT to get married before Feb.! I can't decide what to major in."

ID#: vcchro19490122-cartoon.jpg


Lace Wedding Dress of Susan Koelle Bell

Cream lace wedding dress: lining made of silk taffeta; machine-made lace overdress. Square neckline; two darts bust to waist, two darts past the waist on the back, two small darts on side of lingerie straps of lining, all the darts are in the lining; full lining of silk taffeta, with camisole attached at waist; sleeves of overdress gathered at 3/4…


ID#: VC2013008

Location: S1

Ivory Wedding Dress of Marion Heagen Sauter

Synthetic ivory material wedding dress, with fitted cummerbund waist and skirt with a train.; Ivory synthetic floor-length wedding dress. A fitted bodice and modified sweetheart neckline with eyelet cutwork, decorated by cotton braid. Cummerbund style waistband. Gathers along the bust line. Gathered skirt with a train. Long sleeves gather into arms…

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ID#: VC2005014

Location: D11

Wedding Dress of Muriel Kahn Lampell

Dress of cream satin with cream lace overlay; fit and flare silhouette; floor-length; fitted bodice with 2 darts in front and princess seams in back; long, straight, lace sleeves pointed at hem, 9 satin-covered buttons on each sleeve starting at wrist; v-neck; hip-level waistline; 2-layered gathered lace peplums at each hip; center back metal…

ID#: VC2005004

Location: Q9

Black and White Striped Dress

Black, white, and grey striped two piece dress in a fit and flare silhouette. Cotton sateen, black cotton, black felt, metal, and elastic; fitted cotton sateen bodice (a) is strapless, with a sweetheart neckline, princess seams, natural waistline, hook and eye closures at the center back, and cotton lining; matching flared cotton sateen skirt (b)…

ID#: VC2004023

Location: G7

Copper Tweed Wool Suit
Copper and black tweed wool suit; I. copper and black wool tweed; black synthetic lining; black plastic buttons II. Silhouette: Fit and flare 3-piece suite III. A: Jacket: fitted; hip length; full length sleeve; six large black buttons; polo collar; two decorative angled breast pockets, v-notch at cuff of sleeve. B: Vest: fitted; four large…

ID#: VC2004009

Location: HANGING

Green Tweed Suit
Green tweed suit; green wool tweed, brown synthetic, green ribbon, green leather. A. Tweed jacket. Peaked lapel; long straight sleeves with single covered button; slightly fitted at waist; side darts, 2 darts either side at front; fake pockets with bow detail above bust; actual pockets with bow detail at bottom front; 6 covered button CF; fully…

ID#: VC2004004

Location: HANGING

Satin Wedding Dress with Pointed Waist
wedding dress B, Finger loop located on the inside of the skirt. ; wedding dress B

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ID#: VC2002005

Location: D0

Linen Two-Piece Suit
cream/beige linen suit jacket and pants

ID#: VC2002003

Location: BOX 11

40's Wedding Dress and Veil
wedding dress and veil

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ID#: VC2002002

Location: C1

Yellow Dress with Collar
yellow short sleeve dress w/front motherof pearl buttons + pockets

ID#: VC2001241

Location: G8

Tan Gown with Train
brown and tan gown w/train, ruchign at shoulders, sleeveless; brown and tan gown w/train, ruching at shoulders, sleeveless

ID#: VC2001156

Location: D9

Bright Blue Bathing Suit with Squares
bright blue bathing suit w/red and white squares, neck ties criss cross; Blue cotton rope, blue patterned cotton synthetic knit blend with red and cream squares, plastic boning with cotton casing Fitted silhouette--short, tight knit Empire waist seam, bust darts, bust point to bust point seam; straight neckline; criss-crossed straps in back to…

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ID#: VC2001155

Location: Q7

Wool Jacket and Skirt with Fur
black wool jacket w/poodle fur collar, and skirt

ID#: VC2001131

Location: HANGING

Black Striped Frock Coat and Skirt
black striped frock coat w/matching skirt

ID#: VC2001071

Location: E10

Navy Skirt with Leaf Motif
navy skirt with multi colored leaves; navy silk netting with multi colored leaves, navy silk taffeta; 3 layers; full skirt; top layer: navy silk netting with multi colored leaves, 10 panels; middle layer: top half navy netting, bottom half is stiff; bottom layer: navy silk taffeta, 8 panels, closer fit, small triangle slit on each side; navy silk…

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ID#: VC2001014

Location: M1

Ivory Taffeta Gown with Train
Ivory moire taffeta wedding gown with sweetheart neckline and very long train. Zipper on left side of waist, finger loop at center bottom of train. Puffed sleeves. Waist panel.

ID#: VC1992085

Location: D11