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Evening dress

Department Store:
Simcox
Date:
1912
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk, metal, rhinestones
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of C. Otto v. Kienbusch in memory of Mildred Clarke v. Kienbusch, 1968
Accession Number:
2009.300.1342
Not on view
Simcox, a New York dressmaker, highlights the Egyptian revival in fashion with this evening dress. ancient-Egypt influenced designs were a recurring theme during the 19th and early 20th centuries, reaching their height in the 1920s with Howard Carter's discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922. The curved bead motifs flanking the blue scarab mimic the representation of disk and horn headdress of Hathor and Isis. The asymmetric construction of the bodice is a representative style popular after 1910. The dress was worn by Jennie Lamson Currier on the occasion of marriage of the donor, C. Otto v. Kienbusch (1884-1976) to Mildred Clarke Pressinger (ca. 1888-1968), on January 4, 1912.
Marking: Woven in petersham: "Simcox/535 5th Ave./New York"
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