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Black shift-style dress with beaded neckline by Gene Bailey

Catalog Data

Designed by:
Gene Bailey, American, 1945 - 1995  Search this
synthetic fiber and polyurethane with beads and plastic
H x W: 35 13/16 × 20 1/16 in. (91 × 51 cm)
dresses by form
Place collected:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
This is a black shift style dress with a beaded neckline. The dress is very slightly A-line with a slight outward flare at the hem. It is knee-length and has long sleeves. The V-neckline fastens closed in back with a loop and button. The button is black faceted plastic. This fastening creates a small keyhole opening at the back of the neckline, edged in crochet. Surrounding the neckline is an area embellished with beads that is scalloped along its edges and terminates in three fringed and beaded tassels that hang from the rounded point of the V-neckline. There are also black beads and crystal embellishments cascading in a line down the left front of the bodice of the dress. This line of embellishment begins near the neckline of the garment and fans out into a spray pattern about the mid-thigh. The dress has shoulder pads attached to the inside shoulders. There is a black cloth tag in the inside of the back of the neckline. It has red text that reads "GENE BAILEY."
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  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 Omega C. Logan Silva, MD, MACP
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Gene Bailey Archive and Knitwear Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture