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Object ID # 2005.019.001
Object Name Dress
Title Afternoon Party Dress
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Year Range from 1910
Year Range to 1920
Artist Unknown dressmaker
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Grey County, Ontario?
Description Pale pink afternoon party dress, likely from the 1910s. The very pale pink fabric is swiss-dotted with white. It has machine-made lace applique. The back of the bodice has hook and eye closures. It appears to be a very sheer silk fabric (would be worn with undergarments). It is machine-stitched. The front of the bodice and the back both have white lace appliqued on. The front and back are both square-cut looking. The sleeves are 66.5 cm long (shoulder to cuff tip) and have 16 horizontal tucks for decoration, spaced out all along the sleeve. The cuff is very slightly pointed (on one side only). The bodice has panels that go over the shoulder (capping the shoulders somewhat). There is a plain hem, which is 6 cm deep. It might be Empire-waisted (looks high). The bodice has a modesty area which has 3 deep horizontal tucks. Two vertical seams at the front are intentionally noticeable, and make a frontal panel. No maker's name is present, and it likely was made by a dressmaker.
Makers mark None
Provenance Maker unknown. The dress has a 1910s appearance. It belonged to one of the members of the Livingstone family of Grey County, who lived near Markdale.
Janet McGreavy was told by her mother that the dress likely belonged to her Aunt Janet Livingstone (b. Jan. 28, 1896). Janet was a teacher for a year at S.S.#4 Glenelg and then went to Toronto for more training. She returned to Grey County and taught at other schools. She married Colwell Oldfield of Corbeton and had three sons. She and Colwell later retired to Dundalk, Grey County.
Collection Textiles, 20th-c Clothing Collection, Women's
Material Fabric/Lace/Thread/Metal/Dye
Dimensions L-133 Cir-72 cm
Found Ontario