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1924 Class Day Dress

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Front View of 1924 Class Day Dress
Front View of 1924 Class Day Dress
Detail View of 1924 Class Day Dress

Dublin Core

Identifier

VC1991001

Title

1924 Class Day Dress

Description

Dress of sheer yellow and ivory cotton batiste with embroidered trim; cord tie neckline with tassels at ends; cap sleeves; band of fabric defining dropped waist; skirt gathered onto dropped waist; ivory embroidered trim on skirt (single strand embroidery);hem and turned sleeve edges are hand sewn. Worn at Class Day by Martha Stockwell Mumford '24.

Date

1924

Subject

Clothing and dress

Extent

36 inches (waist), 43 inches (center front length),

Medium

batiste
cord
cotton
tassel

Type

Physical Object

Spatial Coverage

United States

Temporal Coverage

1920s

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/

Rights Holder

© Vassar College Costume Collection. Images in this collection may be used for teaching, classroom presentation, and research purposes only. For other reuse, reproduction and publication of these images, contact costumeshop@vassar.edu.

Costume Item Type Metadata

Source Identifier

VC1991001

Color Main

yellow

Color Secondary

cream

Dimensions Waist

36

Dimensions CF Length

43

Dimensions All

36 inches (waist), 43 inches (center front length),

Wearer

Martha Stockwell Mumford '24

Donor

Martha Stockwell Mumford

References

Jan 18, 1991, letter from Mary ???

Date Earliest

1924

Date Latest

1924

Culture

American

Gender

womenswear

Classification

costume
clothing

Category

Graduation

Function

academic costume

Exhibitions

Vassar Girls and Other Women

Public Information

The pale yellow tone of this dress strikes a strong contrast with the pure white necessary for the dresses worn on the day of Commencement itself. While Class Day, which usually took place the day before commencement and included activities surrounding the Class Tree, the passing of the spade, and the burial of the class records, may have started as a more formal event, the more casual nature of this dress may reflect the fact that by the 1920's Class Day had taken on a less formal, more celebratory tone. This tradition gradually became less and less formal, to the extent that it is no longer celebrated by Vassar's graduating seniors.

Condition Term

very good

Condition

Some light brown stains at neckline, underarms, and at CF of skirt A little fraying on inside of sleeve edge Slight wrinkles throughout Fading at neck and sleeves

Mannequin

size 10 1970

Storage Location

D2

Repository

Vassar College Costume Collection, Drama Department, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

Credit Line

Gift of Martha Stockwell Mumford, VC Class of 1924

Donation Date

1/18/1991

Exhibition Notes

22 pale yellow cotton batiste Class Day dress of Martha Stockwell Mumford '24 1991.1 Gift of Martha Stockwell Mumford '24,1991 The pale yellow tone of this dress strikes a strong contrast with the pure white necessary for the dresses worn on the day of Commencement itself. While Class Day, which usually took place the day before commencement and included activities surrounding the Class Tree, the passing of the spade, and the burial of the class records, may have started as a more formal event, the more casual nature of this dress may reflect the fact that by the 1920's Class Day had taken on a less formal, more celebratory tone. This tradition gradually became less and less formal, to the extent that it is no longer celebrated by Vassar's graduating seniors.

Work Type

dress
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