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Created by:
Unidentified  Search this
Worn by:
Ophelia DeVore, American, 1922 - 2014  Search this
velvet, synthetic fiber, buckram, sequins, and metal fasteners
H x W: 57 x 30 in. (144.8 x 76.2 cm)
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Black velvet evening dress with gold sequin embellished skirt worn by Ophelia DeVore. The bodice is sleeveless with a scooped neck and is fitted to the natural waist, where it extends into a full floor-length skirt. The skirt is also made from the black velvet, but is embellished with an all-over gold sequin and embroidery design in a grid pattern with clusters of rounded squares of sequin and embroidery interspersed at even intervals in the grid. A black satin ribbon is wrapped around the waist and pinned at the center back. The dress closes at the center back with a zipper and two (2) hooks over fabric loops, with one hook above the zipper and one below the zipper at the waist.
The bodice of the dress is lined in black synthetic fabric. The skirt is lined in black stiffener. There is a care label sewn at the interior center back waist with a size label next to it. There is no maker label.
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Ophelia DeVore
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture