Woman's 1-piece dress. Polyester fabric printed with a geometric design in purple, white, green, red, and yellow. Forward shoulder seam creates yoke effect in front; back is shaped by darts at back of neck. Neckline has turn-down collar. Full front opening has 12 clear plastic ball buttons, and one extra button under the collar with a corresponding thread loop at neckline. Long sleeves with cuffs. Self-fabric belt. Label inside neckline: "A / Leslie Fay / ORIGINAL"; a second label has care instructions; side seam label from ILGWU with "Made in U.S.A." Leslie Fay, a New York company founded by Fred P. Pomerantz in the 1940s, became known for moderately priced and stylishly conservative clothing.
(Keywords: Fashion, Twentieth Century, New York)
|Acquisition||Gift of Lorraine Danischewski|
|Ownership and History||
This dress was worn by Ruth (Danielson) Danischewski (1929-2006). A teacher at P.S. 46 in South Beach, Staten Island, Mrs. Danischewski wore this dress for her school portrait photograph ca. 1973.
Mrs. Danischewski grew up on Decker Avenue in Port Richmond, Staten Island, graduated from Port Richmond High School in 1946, and received bachelor's and master's degrees from Wagner College. She was married in 1961 to E. Keith Danischewski and had two sons, Roy and Glen. The family lived on Hart Boulevard in West New Brighton. A schoolteacher for 33 years, Mrs. Danischewski spent much of her career at P.S. 46 in South Beach, Staten Island, retiring in 1990.
Clothing & dress
|Lexicon Sub-category||Clothing -- Outerwear|
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