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Object Name Dress
Date ca. 1935
Description Woman's 2-piece dress of brown synthetic velvet. Bodice is flared at waist and has a standing collar, front snap closure, and short puffed sleeves. Skirt has gored panels and a side closure with snaps and hook and eye.
(Keywords: Fashion, Twentieth Century, New York)
Acquisition Gift of Minna Wilkins
Ownership and History This dress was donated by Minna Cheves Wilkins (1885-1974), who was born in South Carolina. Her parents were Emma Cheves and Gilbert Aspinwall Wilkins. Miss Wilkins graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1905 and began graduate study at Columbia University in 1912, earning a Ph.D. in psychology in 1926. She lived and worked in Manhattan, but visited and volunteered at the Staten Island Historical Society before moving to 241 Ascot Avenue, Staten Island in 1950. Minna Wilkins was also active in other organizations including the Staten Island Real Estate Board. Staten Island Historical Society records reported that the dress was "handmade, c. 1935" but do not indicate whether it was made and/or worn by Dr. Wilkins.
Earliest Date 1930
Latest Date 1940
Subjects Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Catalog Number C01.4700
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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