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Object Name Dress
Catalog Number 1984.20.3
Maker Leroux & Cie
Date ca. 1915
Material(s) Silk/Glass/Sequins/Metal
Dimensions H-54 inches
Description This is a cream colored evening dress with an ivory satin underskirt trimmed with four tiers of tulle. The dress has an ivory tulle diamond-shaped overskirt. The dress is decorated with embroidery, sequins, lace, and beaded embellishments. The interior bodice is made of cream silk and does not have any additional straps or lining above the bust. There are seven hook and eyes on the back center of the interior bodice that close it. There is an interior waistband that is secured with two metal hook and eyes, and there is a fabric label on the inside the waistband on the right proper side that reads, "Leroux & Cie / Paris /Rue des Capucines." The dress bodice is made of cream silk with cream lace and chiffon extending from the bust up to the shoulder and creating short sleeves. There are two tulle netting panels flowing over the top of the bodice, each one extending down from a shoulder and gathered in at the bodice. The interior of these panels are finished with .75" wide lace embellished with very small silver sequins. The exterior sides are finished with a floral and vine lace motif that is embellished with silver sequins. Between the two cream tulle net panels of overlay, there is silver metallic netting placed over the cream silk on the lower half of the center of the bodice located just above the waistline. Above, there is metal lacework arrange in a sweetheart neckline pattern. Over the metallic lace, there are two strips of 1.75" wide tulle embellished with heavy cream embroidery and glass pearls arranged in a floral and leaf motif. These embellished strips criss-cross over one another and are secured at their intersection to create an "X." The strips begin at the neckline and extend down to just above the waistline in the center of the tulle netting overlay. The dress has bat-wings sleeves made of cream tulle netting that is gathered at the shoulders with a single row of cream glass pearls extended out from the neck to the shoulder. The lace edges of the sleeves are made of a floral and vine motif that is embellished with very small silver sequins. On the back of the dress, the end of each "bat-wing" is trimmed with a three-inch long beaded tassel made of silver-toned glass seed and trumpet beads. The waistline is decorated with glass pearls and small white seed beads. The back of the bodice overlay has six hook and eye closures with five metal snaps to secure a small chevron-shaped panel of metal lacework. There diamond-shaped tulle overlay has heavy embroidery arranged in a leaf and floral chain along the edge with a border and it embellished with glass pearls. There are fourteen tall, thin triangular embroidered embellishments arranged around the overskirt with scrollwork at the base and floral and leaf embroidery with glass pearls on each one. The front and back center triangular design each have a row of glass pearls leading up to the waistband that are decorated with a cluster of glass pearls on each end. On the back of the dress, there are two vertical hook and eyes to secure the tulle overlay at the waist. Additionally there are several hook and eyes on the satin under skirt to secure the opening with four metal snaps to secure the overlay on top of the opening. The over skirt is secured with thread at two points on the front of the dress. The underskirt is a sheath style with four tiers of tulle netting at the bottom that begin 21 inches from the hem of the skirt. The skirt has a two inch hem and is comprised of two panels of bias cut fabric. The front panel is made of one large piece of fabric with one small one attached to it. Inside the back of the skirt, there is a strip of 9 inch long elastic stitched in the skirt to slightly gather the material.
Collection Mrs. Holman Hamilton Collection
People Hamilton, Mrs. Holman
Leroux & Cie
Subjects Dress
Dress designers
Clothing & dress
Evening gowns
Search Terms Women's clothing
Dress makers
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS