c. 1925
Gift of Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University

Sleeveless, drop-waist dress of light blue cotton voile with a scoop-neck in the front and smocking at the shoulders (front) and all the way around the dropped waist. The smocking is done in two blues: a very light blue and blue. The neckline and the armholes are finished with a very fine rolled hem, hand stitched. The bodice of the dress is decorated with two-tone blue embroidery featuring a ribbon-like design coming from the shoulders to the center front beneath the scoop neckline, then tying into a bow (with a bit of applique, to make two layers of cloth for the ribbon bow) and then streamers of the darker of the blues, flowing to either side. Undulations in the "ribbon" pattern are accented with embroidered six-petal flowers. The skirt and the bodice have been stitched together and are slightly different blues. The bodice is a hint more blue green than the skirt, and is also a lighter tint. The skirt has a hem that is 5.75 inches in depth. The dress fastens under the arm, on the left side, with five silver colored metal snaps.

It is believed that Gladys Demming Merrick wore this dress during the time she was a student at the University of California, Berkeley.

Used: Gladys Demming Merrick | University Of California, Berkeley

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