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Evening dress

Date:
1924
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk, rhinestones
Dimensions:
Length at CB: 37 1/2 in. (95.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Fred May, 1957
Accession Number:
2009.300.1247
Not on view
Women's fashion during the 1920s was truly liberating. Dresses were loose-fit, the waistline was dropped and the hemline rose, showing off the knees. Nightlife activities grew to include dance clubs, lounges and cabarets, and women went out unescorted for a night on the town. Sleeveless dresses, heavily beaded were the rage and this dress is an excellent example of that style. A vivid color, the beadwork is stunning as the flower forms are particularly atypical and beautiful.
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