Evening Dress
Evening Dress
Evening Dress
Evening Dress
Evening Dress

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Tier 2

Clothing and Accessories
Women's Clothing ➔ Evening Dress

This ivory evening dress sometimes called a flapper dress, has multiple layers, each with gun-metal colored beads and metal sequins on the trim. It also has two tails off of the right shoulder. This dress has a round neckline and no sleeves. Features that are indicative of the 1920s are the beadwork, the loose silhouette, and the lack of sleeves. 

The 1920s, also known as the Roaring Twenties, was the era of the flapper. Flappers referred to young women who wore heavily beaded dresses made of fragile materials. These dresses often had short hems and dropped waists which created a tubular silhouette that was an iconic feature of the era. The flapper style was a stark contrast from the long, frilly hourglass-shaped dresses worn by previous generations. This dress is an excellent example of the type of evening wear worn by young women during this period. 
circa 1920 – 1930
Chiffon, Beads, Metal Sequins
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Gift Of Mrs. Samford Wilcox

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition (September 1 2015 – January 1 2016)
Step back in time to an era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance workers, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation. Created by the National Constitution Center, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is the first comprehensive exhibition about America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup. Spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring ’20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment, this world-premiere exhibition brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life. American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is curated by Daniel Okrent, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. GRPM's collection was featured in various venues across the United States and additional feature items were shown at the GRPM venue.
Mrs. Samford Wilcox
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