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Cream lace and pale peach dress designed by Arthur McGee

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Designed by:
Arthur McGee, American, 1933 - 2019  Search this
Subject of:
Black Fashion Museum, American, 1979 - 2007  Search this
a: lace, synthetic fiber, and metal hooks;
b: lace and synthetic fiber
H x W (a flat): 46 1/4 × 28 1/2 in. (117.5 × 72.4 cm)
H x W (b flat): 1 × 16 in. (2.5 × 40.6 cm)
belts (costume accessories)
Place made:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
mid 20th-late 20th century
Pale peach and cream lace dress (a) and tie fragment (b) designed by Arthur McGee. The dress is made from pale peach synthetic fabric overlaid in cream cut lace with a floral design. It is collarless with small lapels and a slit at the center front bodice that closes with three (3) hooks into thread loops. There are short sleeves that are slightly flared and an A-line skirt that falls just below the knee. The skirt is pleated at the back waist for fullness. A band of the open lace work is sewn around the bottom hem, extending beyond the peach under layer of fabric. The dress is not lined and there are no labels.
The tie fragment (b) is made from the same pale peach synthetic fabric overlaid in open work cream floral lace. It is backed in machine-made cream lace. One end of the tie is folded and seamed to the back side, the other is cut with a raw edge. The tie likely wrapped around the dress at the waist to hide the seam.
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Design  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Fashion design  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Black Fashion Museum founded by Lois K. Alexander-Lane
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title:
Black Fashion Museum Collection
Clothing - Fashion and Historical
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture