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Plastic and metal vest from Mae's Millinery Shop

Catalog Data

Created by:
Unidentified  Search this
Owned by:
Mae Reeves, American, 1912 - 2016  Search this
Subject of:
Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994  Search this
plastic and metal
H x W (Laid Flat): 28 x 11 1/2 in. (71.1 x 29.2 cm)
vests (main garments)
Place collected:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
A plastic flower and metal link vest from Mae's Millinery Shop. The vest is made of black plastic elements consisting of seven hollow circles molded together to make flowers. Each plastic element is connected by gold-toned metal links. The back of the vest is formed from a panel of six columns and six rows of the flowers and links. The arms are made from a looped strand of plastic beads strung together with black thread. The top edge of the vest is a row of the flowers joined by links, with one end having several links in a row with one flower at the end. The opposite end of the top edge has a row of the flowers with a gold-toned metal clasp at the end that fastens to the links at the other end around the wearer's neck.
African American  Search this
Black Enterprise  Search this
Business  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Mae Reeves and her children, Donna Limerick and William Mincey, Jr.
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture