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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)


Princeton House Party Jacket

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ID#: VC2011014

Location: HANGING

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

Black Cocktail Dress

Black A-line cocktail dress; silk chiffon, taffeta, velvet; sleeveless v-neck; pleated shoulder detail; bodice chiffon pleated from shoulder to gathers at bust; black velvet waistband with shirring at sides, full accordion pleated skirt, gathered at waist, mid-calf length; layer of net under skirt chiffon; fully lined with taffeta.

ID#: VC2014004

Location: HANGING

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

Brocade Quilted Circle Skirt

A brocade quilted circle skirt, white background with navy and gold pattern, and a black velvet waistband, zipper closure with button on waistband. The inside has unlined cotton matting.


ID#: VC2013010

Location: HANGING

Plaid Circle Skirt

A blue-and-green plaid circle skirt. The waist band is of the same fabric. The skirt features a pocket and closures at the side. Turned-up hem with bias tape.


ID#: VC2013009

Location: HANGING

Red Plaid Dress/Shawl/Belt

Red plaid dress with matching shawl and belt; Floor length dress, red/pink/green plaid, thin straps, boning, size zip, 1/2 circle skirt, natural waist, taffeta and cotton lining.

Shawl: same plaid fabric, triangle shape.

Belt: same plaid fabric, 2/4 width, "685" on reverse side


ID#: VC2013003

Location: S2

Black, Cream, and Mustard Yellow Skirt Suit

Woven jacket, brown thread; black, cream, mustard yellow. Knee-length/long sleeve. Button closure in front of jacket, zipper closure on side of skirt, mustard wool jersey lining on jacket, black rayon lining in skirt.; Blazer: Woven jacket, brown thread: black, cream, mustard yellow yarn. Wool jersey lining, 4 plastic button closures in front, long…


ID#: VC2013002

Location: G5

Blue and Orange Wool Skirt

blue and orange pattern wool skirt; half circle skirt pleated into waist, waistband, blue/white/orange pattern, back zip with top button, falls just below knee, sits at waist, synthetic pockets, linen lining at top front.


ID#: VC2013004

Location: HANGING

Black Velvet Mid-Calf Sheath Dress

black velvet mid-calf length sheath dress with button closures on front and grosgrain ribbon trim.; rayon velvet, synthetic, plastic, rayon ribbon, metal; black velvet sheath dress, taffeta lining, grosgrain ribbon trim, mid-calf length hem, black plastic button closure down front, diagonal closure from top of bodice down skirt, rounded neckline,…


ID#: VC2013001

Location: S2

Navy and Cream Houndstooth Jacket of Jessie Tucker

Jacket of navy and cream houndstooth check wool, trapeze silhouette; hip-length; no darts or seams, 11 inch vent in center back; three-quarter length sleeves with butterfly cuffs; collar split in center back; navy plastic buttons in center front, wool-covered buttons in center back; two false pockets in front, two in back; navy rayon lining.

ID#: VC2011002

Location: HANGING

Pink Feathered Cocktail Dress

Pink Feathered Cocktail Dress; light pink silk, light pink feathers, nude nylon mesh, metal zipper and hook, white elastic; sweetheart neckline with a split and overlap detail on the front of shoulder, 1.5 inch "sleeve" piece, neckline extends to top of shoulder where it "splits", bodice has both princess seams and waist darts, and a CF seam that…

ID#: VC2011008

Location: F8

White 50's Party Dress with Blue Sash

White 50's Party Dress with Blue Sash; white cotton organdy, tiffany blue synthetic taffeta, white synthetic lining; dropped v-neck with center gathered bust, straps that sit just off the shoulders, sleeveless, blue sash gathered around waist, raised to a point at the center top, skirt is knife pleated at natural waist, horizontal pintucks in…


ID#: VC2011004

Location: HANGING

Grey Flannel Vassar Blazer

Grey Wool Vassar College Blazer; Grey wool, grey polyester, grey mother of pearl; gray blazer with notched lapel, left patch pocket with embroidered VC crest in silvery gray thread, 3 buttons at CF, front patch pockets at either front side, full length sleeves with two buttons at cuff, bottom left cuff button has been replaced with 2 darker grey…

ID#: VC2011007

Location: F8

Wedding Dress of Mary Lee Hartzell

Dress of cream silk dupioni and Alençon lace; fit and flare silhouette; bodice and skirt made of cream silk dupioni with Alençon lace detailing at neckline and sleeves; short sleeves; v-neck; slightly pointed waistline, pleating around waistline; pleated skirt with train, floor-length in front; silk-covered buttons at center back from neckline to…

ID#: VC2007022

Location: N7

Gray Raffia Lace Dress with Belt
Grey raffia lace dress and matching belt: gray crocheted raffia lace; side metal zipper; green elastic waistband; off-white synthetic slip; gray crocheted raffia belt with synthetic ribbon backing. Fit and flare silhouette; mid-calf length skirt with scalloped hem; sleeveless; 4'wide shoulder bands; rounded, scalloped neckline; side zipper; green…

ID#: VC2007001

Location: O11

Red Chiffon Prom Dress
Red( Synthetic) Chiffon prom dress, ; Red synthetic chiffon; red synthetic taffeta; red synthetic satin; cream nylon crinoline; metal zipper; natural cotton twill tape; Possibly princess silhouette; ballet mid-calf length; fitted natural waist bodice; spaghetti straps; scoop neck; low back; crisscrossed ruched chiffon on bodice; full gathered…

ID#: VC2004030

Location: J1

Lanvin Pearl Peach Satin Evening Gown
Lanvin pearl-peach satin evening gown, gold paillettes; I. Taupe to peach ombre silk stain; gold tone possibly metal sequins; possibly metallicized cotton thread; yellowed silk boning case; yellowed cotton twill ribbon inner waist band; brass hook and eyes; zipper. II. Fit and flare silhouette. III. Strapless modified sweetheart neckline, bow…

ID#: VC2004026

Location: J1

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

Pink Dress with Bead Detail
pink dress with bead detail; 1. Synthetic salmon pink taffeta; metal zipper; plastic pearls; plastic sequins; plastic beads; glass beads; metallic embroidery; off-white synthetic net lining; white tulle lining at side seams; synthetic hem tape; cotton boning casing; plastic boning 2. Fitted boned bodice with ruched overlay, gathered at center…

ID#: VC2003007

Location: J1

Red Taffeta Bridesmaid Dress
red taffeta bridesmaid dress; 1. Synthetic red taffeta; synthetic white net bodice lining; off-white synthetic plain weave underskirt; synthetic red netting tape in hem lining of dress; metal side zipper. 2. Fit and Flare silhouette; modified rounded deep v-neck, front and back; sleeveless, 3.5'wide shoulder straps; princess and center-front seams…

ID#: VC2003001

Location: HANGING

Red Strapless Evening Dress (DEACCESSIONED)
red strapless dress (blank tag); red strapless dress (blank tag) red tulle' red velvet ribbon; corded acetate; red crinoline; plastic boning with fabric covereing; zipper; hooks and eyes; snaps sweetheart neckline; fit and flare silhouette; floor length; acetate lining layer; crinoline inner layer; tulle skirt; plastic bodice boning; left side…

ID#: VC2001239

Location: Deaccession Box

Petticoat with Pink Embroidery
white petticoat w/pink floral machine embroidery; white cotton flared skirt - white cotton knee-length flared petticoat; metal zipper at side or back; pink machine floral embroidery

ID#: VC2001147

Location: F0

White Petticoat with Lace
white petticoat w/lace; white cotton, white cotton lace knee-length A-line skirt skirt with ruffled lace at hem; lace and pintucks in middle; slit at top for entrance; tie closure

ID#: VC2001146

Location: F0

Gray Strapless Slip
grey dress (slip?)

; Gray plain weave possibly silk/cotton blend, cotton gauze straps, metal zipper, synthetic seam binding Fit and flare Fitted, princess seamed bodice with straight across neckline and straps; very full skirt with 11'wide ruffle at hem

ID#: VC2001134

Location: G1

Black Blazer with Velvet and Fur
black double breasted blazer w/velvet collar and fur trim

ID#: VC2001119

Location: HANGING

Faux Fur Short Coat with Frogs
brown short coat, faux fur, frogs/tassels on front

ID#: VC2001116

Location: HANGING

Black Beaded Dress
Black silk beaded dress with black silk net overlayer.; 1. Black silk satin; black silk netting; black china silk lining; purple silk satin underlayer; metal snap; metal hook and eyes; black cotton gross grain ribbon; glass and metal beads 2. Fitted at waist with full skirt 3. Trapezoidal neckline, beaded trim; 3/4 net sleeves, small bell, black…

ID#: VC2001066

Location: D9

Pink Dress with Asymmetric Lace
pink dress with lace; I. Cotton cream lace; flamingo pink synthetic net; synthetic coral lining; metal zipper; cotton plainweave boning case; II. Fit and flare silhouette III. Strapless sweetheart neckline; high waist fitted bodice, left side zipper, boning; short, net, gathered tiers; mid-calf length asymmetrical lace fully covers right bust and…

ID#: VC2001021

Location: O10