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Object Name Dress
Alternate Name Evening Dress and Jacket
Date 1932
Description Woman's 1-piece evening dress with matching jacket and jeweled belt. Made of black lace over a black satin slip. Dress is sleeveless. Neckline is square in front, with gathered detail; neckline is V-shaped in back. Skirt has set-in panels at hips. Dropped waist is defined by belt. Short lace jacket has short sleeves with slits at shoulders; sleeve length may have been altered.
(Keywords: Fashion, Politics, Twentieth Century, Evening Wear)
Acquisition Gift of Donald M. McGann
Ownership and History This dress was worn by Elvina Mitchell (1884-1966), aunt of the donor, at the 1932 Inaugural Ball for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Miss Mitchell was a delegate from the Staten Island Democratic Auxiliary. Her parents were Julia and Elvin Mitchell, and siblings were Julia Louis (Mitchell) McGann, Elvin Alfred Mitchell, and William A. Mitchell. Elvina Mitchell lived all her life at 710 Bay Street in Stapleton, Staten Island, a house which has since been designated a New York City landmark. Descendents reported that Elvina Mitchell won a New York beauty contest in 1903, and that she played tennis with the Ward sisters of Grymes Hill.
Earliest Date 1932
Latest Date 1932
Subjects Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Associated People Mitchell, Elvina
Catalog Number C01.3755
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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