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Object Name Dress
Date 1970-1980
Description Woman's 1-piece day dress. Cotton and polyester blend fabric. Dress has A-line shape constructed from four bias-cut panels of black and white stripes to form a V pattern. Dress is sleeveless, with a V-shaped neckline and no waistline. Matching belt. Self-fabric binding at neck and armholes. Zipper closure in back. Cloth label inside neckline: "MORRO BAY LTD."
(Keywords: Fashion, Law, Twentieth Century, New York, HRT)
Acquisition Gift of Edna Hayes
Ownership and History This dress was worn by the donor, Edna Hayes (Mrs. Francis X. Hayes) of Staten Island. Mrs. Hayes was an attorney who wore this dress to work in the 1970s. A Staten Island Historical Society photograph shows her wearing the dress at an exhibit opening in 1980. (Ribbon-cutting, opening of exhibit, "Fire-fighting on Staten Island," left to right: Edna Hayes, Brian McMahon, Chief Sloan, Councilman LaPorte, July 13, 1980.)

Edna Neumann (Whittle) Hayes (1909-1991) graduated from Curtis High School, Elmira College for Women, and Fordham Law School. She was the daughter of Joseph Neumann, a printer, and Marie Stadler Neumann. Miss Neumann was a practicing attorney and community activist by the1930s. She worked in corporate law and maintained a private practice, as well as founding Park-Stadler Inc, a Manhattan real estate management firm. In 1964 she married Francis X. Hayes at the Brick Presbyterian Church in Manhattan (both had been previously married). Mrs. Hayes was president of the Staten Island Historical Society Board of Directors from 1979 to 1989. She was honored as a Staten Island Advance Woman of Achievement in 1983.


Earliest Date 1970
Latest Date 1980
Maker Morro Bay Ltd.
Subjects Clothing & dress
Lawyers
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Associated People Hayes, Edna
Catalog Number 86.073.0021.A-B
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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